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MSCI Mission

MSCI’s mission is to promote the profitability and health of the metals industry and its role in the North American value chain.  We offer high-quality information, strong networking opportunities, thought leadership, executive education and development training programs, metals-oriented public policy and advocacy programs, as well as timely statistics on metals product, metals service center performance, downstream metals user markets, and the economy as a whole.

MSCI’s focus and investment is best summarized by NEAR:  Networking, Education, Advocacy, and Research.


The Metals Service Center Institute has served the metals industry for more than 100 years, providing services to the steel, aluminum, stainless, and copper and brass metals companies. 

The Institute has a proud history of successful industry advocacy beginning prior to the post-Depression National Recovery Administration in the 1930s, persuading the War Production Board to reverse its decision to cut metals supplies to steel warehouses.  More recently MSCI launched an effective campaign to raise awareness of the crisis in durable goods manufacturing and to support regulations, legislation, law enforcement, and other steps to support the North American manufacturing base.

The Institute offered its first education program in 1963, and its first fully computerized training program, MetalLearn™, in 2002.  It launched a very successful executive education program in 2004 with the Olin Business School at Washington University.  Today MSCI is known for conferences and meetings that feature strong business agendas, representation of member interests in Washington, D.C., thought leadership through Forward magazine, education for all employee levels, and research that gives its members a competitive edge, including the Metals Activity Report.

Today's Metals Service Center

With its breadth and depth of membership in the metals industry, we are ideally positioned to identify and meet the networking, educational, public policy and research needs of the metals community.

MSCI has nearly 400 members operating from about 2,500 locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and throughout the world. Our members comprise the largest single group of metals purchasers in North America, totaling more than 75 million tons of steel, aluminum and other metals each year, with nearly 300,000 manufacturers and fabricators as customers.