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Scott A. Schuff was just 13 when he started working in the shop of the small steel plant his father managed in Phoenix. High school summers were spent drawing blueprints and estimating costs for complex construction projects. In 1976, when his father, David, struck out on his own and started Schuff Steel Co., 17-year-old Scott joined him. Two years later, he dropped out of college to work full-time. "You learn a lot faster on the job," says Schuff, now 39 and chief executive officer.

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