September 27, 2012 is a special day in the storied history of Canadian industry, marking 100 years of steel production by ArcelorMittal Dofasco in Hamilton, Ontario. Originally called the Dominion Steel Casting Company, it began with the manufacture of castings for the railways that helped build Canada. Today, ArcelorMittal Dofasco and the rest of our industry continue to help build this nation, as a $14 billion steel industry that employs some 25 thousand people in Canada.
Reflecting on this company’s landmark centenary reminds us that success is based on a continuing commitment to investing in people, in technology, in new products, and better industrial processes. The story of ArcelorMittal Dofasco is also a story of a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, and to community. Elsewhere on this website, readers will see examples of this commitment by it and other members of our industry, and the many ways in which steel makes Canada stronger. In Hamilton, the steel industry has not just contributed to the region’s growth, prosperity and community – it gives the city its unmistakable nickname.
Success also comes from looking to the future and continuous innovation to meet the needs of Canadian and export markets with high quality, competitive, made-in-Canada steel. For a century now, this has been the Dofasco story, and we look forward to its continued strong success in the future.
Today, ArcelorMittal Dofasco is celebrating this impressive milestone with customers, employees, suppliers, and public officials. With them, we pause to applaud all that has been accomplished, but tomorrow we return to work so that Canada’s steel industry will continue to make Canada stronger in the 21st century economy.
To our colleagues and to the people of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, past and present – well done, and many happy returns!