Mr. Kenan Özkan, son of İbrahim Özkan, a constructor in Kırşehir, was born in 1928 in Izmir.

1938 - When he was just 10 years old, he worked as a lather apprentice to İsmail Atik.

1951 - He became the master constructor of the Eritenel Machine Plant.

1953 - He manufactured the “First Rolling Mill Stand” with his friend. He made good capital after he sold the first machine.   

1955 - He founded Defas Steel Plant in Izmir-Çınarlı as a four-partnered enterprise.

1965 - He founded Izmir-Karabağlar plant of the same corporation. Besides the construction bars, he produced rebar, profiles and flats.

1972 - The four-partnered Defas Steel Plant was liquidated however he was the sole person to continue down this path.

1973 - He never considered giving up, so he restarted with two stands rolling mill in Izmir-Buca. This time, he had a reliable partner i.e. his oldest son S. Mehmet with him. He actualized his first production for the tire rim profile industry and sent his son to Middle East Technical University for the BS degree enabling him to have a strong career.

1975 - He implemented a third stand in his plant for Flat and Rebar construction.

1983 - He founded his four-stand- billet mill in Izmir-Buca. During the completion of this rolling mill, his middle son Mustafa who had completed his Mechanical Engineering education in Germany was great support for his father.

1985 - He was very excited since it was the first Angles to be exported to Germany. Meanwhile, his youngest son Uğur completed his education in Economics in 9 Eylül University and the foundation of commerce was laid.

1991 - "Small Size Profile Mill” nr 1 was founded in İzmir-Aliağa. The capacity of this plant tripled that of Buca.

1993 - “Medium Size Profile Mill” nr 2 was founded in İzmir-Aliağa.

1995 - “Big Size Profile Mill” nr 3 was founded in İzmir-Aliağa.

1999 - 60t/h capacity revision of the “Medium Size Profile Mill” in full continuous system was started.

2000 -  Kenan Özkan passed away leaving unforgettable memories for both his family and his country with the achievement of being the leader of a plant which is one of the most productive and well known industrial organizations in addition to providing many benefits to the economy.

He never liked money, extravagance or ostentation… He believed in life, humanity and affection.

He was our beloved father, whom we tried to describe as an Industrialist, but more than everything, he was successful; he was the leader of all activities we carry out. Through honesty and hard work, Mr. Kenan Özkan surmounted many difficult obstacles during a particularly difficult period of the country, i.e., the depressions of the “Industrialization” process, since the beginning of the 1950s. However, he never forgot his private life and family, since he was aware of his humanity. By listening to Turkish Classical Music and dinner talks, accompanied by the tasteful pleasures of our conventional drink “rakı”, he created many colorful pleasures in life with his friends... A very important time in his life was acting as a father to the less fortunate, but he always hid this mission from everybody. We always knew what a golden heart was hidden inside of our father; however, we kept our silence so as not to embarrass him. He was full of life and full of love for the world created by God with the soil, animals, and all other living emotions.

Our father, we promise not to forget any word you said to us as long as we live;

As an industrialist, you taught us: “Don’t hesitate to put the work on the lathe it would progress itself”.

As a businessman, you taught us: “Never make plans for money that has not been earned, yet.”

As a human, beloved father and a living history: “Life is very short as much as not to worth to wake up.”