August 28, 2012

Candidate Attendance Update for Central States Manufacturing Summit


Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide

Candidate attendance update: The following candidates will attend the upcoming Manufacturing Summit in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

    • U.S. Rep. Jon Walsh (R-IL 8th)
    • U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL 16th)
    • Republican Illinois 3rd U.S. Congressional District candidate Richard L. Grabowski
    • Republican Illinois 2nd U.S. Congressional District candidate Brian Woodworth
    • Democratic Illinois 6th U.S. Congressional District candidate Leslie Coolidge
    • Democratic Illinois 14th U.S. Congressional District candidate Dennis Anderson

    If you are interested in attending and covering the event, please contact Ashley DeVecht (adevecht@msci.org; 847-485-3011) or Dianna Smoljan (dsmoljan@comcast.net; 708-479-7540)




A Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide Between Jobs, Policy and Growth” will be co-hosted by the national Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) and its Central States Chapter and is one of 11 to be held this election year around the country.


Moderators and hosts:

Bob Weidner, III, serves as president and CEO of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) and is the current Chairman of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors' Association Executives Council (AEC) and a member of the NAW Board of Directors. He is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Association Committee of 100. In addition, Bob is a member and 2nd Vice Chair of the Council of Manufacturing Executives of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Terry Minogue is the MSCI Central States chapter president and vice president at Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp., a family-owned and operated steel service center founded in 1926.


  • William M. Hickey is president of Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp., a steel service center founded in 1926. This family owned and operated company has seven locations with approximately 500 employees. Bill has been employed by Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp. since 1975, holding several positions; he has been in his current position as president since 1980. Bill holds an appointed position with the Department of Commerce on the Department's ITAC 12 Committee. Bill is a 1975 graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans.

  • C. Davis Nelsen, II is president of Nelsen Steel & Wire, which manufactures cold-finished carbon and alloy steel bars from its facility in Illinois. Established in 1939, Nelsen Steel is owned by the Nelsen family.

  • Michael F. Petersen began his career with Petersen Aluminum Corporation, a family-owned metal distributor based in suburban Chicago in 1977. He was named president of the company in 1987. Petersen Aluminum Corporation remains a privately-held distribution business with processing plants located in Chicago, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia and Maryland. The company's primary markets are for industrial and architectural applications of aluminum, galvanized and stainless steel. He graduated form Colgate University in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in history.

  • Bert Miller is president of Phoenix Closures, a full-service manufacturing firm specializing in injection-molded closures, headquartered in Naperville, Ill. The company dates back to 1890, when it began as the Safe Glass Company, manufacturing canning jars. Miller is a former chairman of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and a director of the National Association of Manufacturers. In 2007, he was recognized at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Entrepreneur of the Year.



      Aug. 28, 2012, beginning at 4 p.m.


      Drury Lane Oakbrook
      100 Drury Lane
      Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181


      The purpose of the meeting is to:

      • Mobilize the metals industry—producers, service centers, processors and end users—in advance of the 2012 elections around the many issues that threaten the long-term outlook for manufacturing and the U.S. economy; and
      • Educate candidates on these issues so that they may better understand how their action, or inaction, directly influences our industry’s ability to grow, increase jobs and stay competitive.

      The summit will present a unique opportunity for local and national industry leaders, their employees and policy experts to discuss what is needed for a thriving and competitive manufacturing sector and to hear candidates’ views on key issues.


      To register for the event or for more information, contact Jonathan Kalkwarf (847) 485-3007

      Media Contacts:
      (847) 485-3007; cell (773) 835-6108
      Ashley DeVecht (847) 485-3011; cell (616) 260-2785


      Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute, based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., has more than 400 member companies operating from more than 1,500 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and throughout the world. Together MSCI members constitute the largest single group of metals purchasers in North America, amounting each year to more than 55 million tons of steel, aluminum and other metals, with about 300,000 manufacturers and fabricators as customers.

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