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Distinguished Graduate: J. David Carr


carrJ. David Carr, BSIE '42. David Carr’s expertise in the steel industry has sent him around the world as one of the foremost experts in the start-up of new steel plants. Thirteen years after graduating from Ohio University in 1942 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering, David graduated from law school and passed the Bar. During his 42-year history with the United States Steel Corporation, he worked at many different plants learning the various facets of the industry. In 1969 David was appointed General Manager of US Steel’s Gary, Indiana plant to combine two plants into one. This combination gave the Gary operation the largest steel plant in the United States with more than 28,000 employees, producing more than 10 million tons of steel a year. From there, David went on to hold several Vice Presidential positions with US Steel with responsibilities for building a start-up plant in Taiwan and developing marketing strategies for foreign and domestic markets.

Taking early retirement, David formed several consulting companies including Iron Technologies, which he formed to build five plants to make and sell iron carbide as a charge material for steel making. He serves as President and CEO. Carr has served on many boards and organizations receiving recognition for his community service. He received the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards from the Boy Scouts of America. Dave was awarded the Ohio University Medal of Merit in 1973. He has served on the College Board of Visitors and Major Gifts Committees.


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