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Stainless Determination, Chapter 2

Stainless Determination

The History of Sandmeyer Steel Company

The Sandmeyer Steel Company has manufactured specialty stainless steel and nickel alloy plate products in Philadelphia since 1952. Unrivaled in North America, it stocks the largest and most extensive single-site stainless plate inventory on the continent. The company is helmed today by the grandsons of its founder, Paul Sandmeyer, who launched his business with $10,000 and a relentless hunger to make it succeed.

When Jim was researching Stainless Determination, he realized that central to the story of the company’s success was the tale of Paul Sandmeyer’s alcoholism and the fall from grace – after precocious success in business – that preceded his eventual redemption. Jim was convinced that capturing the company’s character, indelibly defined by the founder, demanded an honest accounting of Paul Sandmeyer’s life so that his success – and the company’s – could be contrasted against the daunting odds he had to overcome. To their credit, the Sandmeyer family gave Jim the latitude to tell the full, rich, unvarnished story of a great American company, forged from equal quotients of sweat and tears, heart and soul.

Click on the link at left to read Chapter 2 of Stainless Determination, which was produced and published by Greenwich Publishing Group.

“When it was time for us to start thinking about a book to commemorate our company's 50th anniversary, we had our choice of several authors. As soon as we met Jim Smith, we knew he was the right person to capture our history in keeping with the culture and style of our company. Jim was professional at all times. He was respectful to everyone involved with the project and handled topics that were sometimes sensitive with discretion. His book, Stainless Determination, is an accurate, compelling tale of our first 50 years that we continue to present to customers, vendors, and other business associates with pride."

Ronald P. Sandmeyer, Jr.
Chairman, President and CEO
Sandmeyer Steel
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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