When you think metal, think steel
A steel worker in New Jersey is making history when he’s earning $40,000 for each steel bar that he uses to cut steel in his mill.
The man has become the first person in the United States to earn more than $1 million for cutting steel in a single year.
He is a steel mill owner in the city of Bridgewater, New Jersey, but he’s also making history as the first to make $40 million in the last year.
“It was amazing,” said Brian Smith, owner of Smith & Associates in Bridgewater.
“It was unbelievable.”
The man was born with no teeth, but that changed last year, when he had to undergo an operation to remove his jawbone.
It’s a process called bone augmentation.
“I’ve been here for 13 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it before,” said Smith.
Associates has a reputation for producing some of the strongest, most durable and expensive steel in the world.
The company’s workers earn $50,000 a year.
But Smith <ys work has become a bit tougher this year because of the recession, as steel prices have fallen and the economy has slowed down.
The steel industry has struggled to make a profit.
Smith >ys workers make less than $12,000 in a year, but they make more than that in steel making.
And the workers in Smith &associates mill in Bridgewater are earning more than Smith &ams in other parts of the country.
“We’re trying to make some money, but we’re struggling,” said Brandon Smith, Smith &asses owner.
He says the job was never going to be easy, and he knows how hard it is to make the money he does.
“To cut a bar, we use a hammer and a saw, so the work is very, very physical,” he said.
“And you have to be very strong.”
The job is not for everyone.
Brandon Smith says the steel mill is not a place where he feels comfortable taking on women.
“There are people who are just too strong, and there are people that don’t care, but I do.
And it’s all about the community,” he told CNN affiliate WKMG.
In the last five years, Smith has worked for the company for four years.
The money he makes is the same amount that he makes for his job, but with some added bonuses.
“If you’re a big-name steel mill, you’re going to make money, and that’s all it is, to make you a rich man,” he explained.
But Brandon Smith isn’t just any mill owner.
He’s also a former Marine.
He was in Afghanistan when Osama bin Laden was killing people and taking their money, so he knew he wanted to help people.
“When I was in the Marines, they didn’t know how to run a mill.
They didn’t have computers, and they couldn’t take a picture of something they were cutting, and it was hard to sell to a company,” he recalled.
So he turned to a website called MetalMoney.com.
The website gives steel workers the chance to earn extra money when they sell their jobs to another company.
But Brandon Smith said that isn’t the whole story.
“The real money comes from sales, not from cutting steel,” he added.
“You need to get the business back on track.”
But some workers are already making extra money.
Brandon said he knows some of them, and a few others have started their own business.
“One day I think I’m going to open my own business,” he joked.
The metal worker’s $40-million paycheck could help him retire.
“A lot of people would be interested in that kind of income, and this is what it’s going to do for them,” he concluded.