Steelworks Hall of Fame

In 2018, the FACES planning committee decided to change the format of the organization’s yearly fundraiser and honor the past workers of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company (CF&I). Posthumous nominations are accepted.

 Criteria for Membership in the CF&I Hall of Fame: 

  • The nominee must have been employed by CF&I prior to 1993, when the company ended. 
  • are considered on the basis of contributions in the following areas: steelwork, mining, hospital/medical, office, land and water, company store, maintenance and support, education or subsidiaries. 
  • Persons selected for the Hall of Fame will be honored at the FACES of CF&I 2023 Fundraiser and must be able to attend or designate someone to attend and accept the award on their behalf. The FACES of CF&I 2023 Fundraiser will be Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the Union Depot at 5:30 p.m
  • Posthumous nominations are accepted. If selected, a living relative/friend must be able to attend the event in their honor. 
  • Selections are made without regard to gender, race, religion, orientation, or national origin.

 Inductees are selected by a non-partisan selection committee composed of Steelworks Center of the West board members, staff, Steelworks members and other community members.

Selected honorees are honored at the FACES of CF&I 2023 Fundraiser on Saturday, February 4, 2023.

Portraits and biographies of the selected honorees are displayed in a commemorative program as well as in the evening’s presentation.


Nomination Packets Must Include:

  •  Nominee Information Form Cover Sheet
  • A compelling narrative on the qualifications of the nominee as mentioned in the CF&I Hall of Fame Packet Overview Form
  • Portrait of the nominee
  • Nomination forms will be accepted until December 1, 2022.

2019 Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductees

Steelworks Center of the West honors former employees of CF&I, prior to 1993 when the company ceased. Community members, families and friends, colleagues and former workers nominate those they want to see recognized at the annual FACES of the CF&I event. In 2019, a selection committee chose from those nominations five former CF&I employees to recognize as the Inaugural Hall of Fame inductees.

Ted T. Lopez

Ted T. Lopez began his CF&I service as a dedicated, self-motivated and industrious laborer on February 23, 1944 at the age of 16. Starting in the Yard Department, he and the crew worked to unload 25 cars a day while the boss would stay below and build a fire. When it snowed the crew would have to eat quickly so that their lunch wouldn’t get wet. Four weeks later he got a job driving the crew to the Southside Dump where they would dump 2-3 cars loaded with glowing red flue dust, and he would assist the bulldozer operator so he could push the slag over the side.

Gertrude C. (Lipich) Jordan

Whenever you attend an event about the history of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company there is an infamous photo which is always displayed; this photograph is of a woman, operating a buggie on the rail mill, with the nickname “Gertie” written upon her helmet. This woman’s name is Gertrude C. (Lipich) Jordan and she is my great-grandmother. Born in Pueblo on February 14, 1910, Gertie grew up, attended school, and lived in Pueblo her entire life. In 1930 she married Frank Jordan, Sr. and by 1935 she was a stay at home mother raising her and Frank’s three children.

Hermilo Roman

A valued employee at the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, having been given his brass check identification number 7438, Hermilo Roman began his thirty-eight year career in 1945 working as a laborer. After some time, an opening for the position of Head-Patcher of the brick ovens, which were used to cook the coke to make the steel, became available. The job title of Head-Patcher was first given to another employee less qualified for the job. After a discussion between his co-worker Pat and the griever, due to his qualifications Hermilo was given the position of Head-Patcher, supervisor of all patchers in his coke plant department.

Jack S. Chick

When returning to his home from the Korean War, Jack S. Chick began his career at the CF&I in 1954, initially as a general laborer in various areas of the plant. With the advancement of technology and an opportunity, he worked in the MIS Department as a programmer analyst. The CF&I was one of the first companies in Colorado with a new IBM 360 mainframe. He traveled to Denver and Chicago for programmer training from IBM. Jack was selected as the department’s representative to the first task force to computerize the mill based on his above experiences.

Matt Peulen

Matt Peulen was born in 1929 in Heerlen, Holland. He was the oldest son of six siblings. His story is truly an “American Dream” story. He and his parents assisted American soldiers during WWII by hiding them from Nazi soldiers. A family story shared that an American pilot was shot down over Holland and parachuted into a field on the Peulen’s property. Matt, then about 15 years of age, and his father took the soldier to the church down the road. They were hiding American soldiers in the eaves and rafters of the church.