August 7, 2012

Candidate Attendance Update for Wisconsin Manufacturing Summit

Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide

Candidate attendance update: The following candidates will attend the upcoming Manufacturing Summit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • Republican Senate candidate Eric Hovde
  • A staff representative of Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson's campaign for Senate
  • Congresswomen Gwen Moore (D-WI 4th)
  • Republican 4th Congressional District candidate Dan Sebring
  • A representative for Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI 6th)
  • Reggie Newson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

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 it's Wisconsin 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.

Joseph F. Teich is the president of MSCI's Wisconsin Chapter and has served as president of Wisconsin Steel & Tube Corporation, a metal service center located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, since 2009.


Dan Ariens, is president & CEO of Ariens Company, an outdor equipment manufacturer started by his great grandfather and grandfather in 1932. Dan is the fourth generation of Ariens to work for the privately-held family business. Ariens joined the company in 1983 and became president and CEO in 1998. He has served two terms as board chairman of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.

Ladd Hall has been executive vice president of Nucor since Sept. 2007 and was vice president and general manager of Nucor Steel Berkeley County, South Carolina, from 2000 to 2007; vice president and general manager of Nucor Steel Darlington, South Carolina, from 1998 to 2000; vice president of Vulcraft, Brigham City, Utah from 1994 to 1998 and general manager there from 1993 to 1994.

William M. Hickey is the president of Chicago, Illinois-based Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp., a metals service center co-founded by his grandfather in 1926. Hickey has worked in the metals service center industry for more than 35 years. He earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Loyola University in New Orleans.

William J. Ring is president and CEO of Dalco Metals, Inc. and has been with the company for 21 years. He is a currently a member of the MSCI National Board of Directors and a past president of the MSCI Wisconsin Chapter. Ring earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Tim Sullivan, former president and CEO of Bucyrus International, Inc., is a special consultant for business and work force development for the state of Wisconsin. Sullivan is credited with transforming the Bucyrus from a cash-poor company to a world-class leader in the mining equipment industry.

All republican and democrat federal candidates have been invited to participate.


August 8, 2012

  • 5 p.m. reception
  • 6 p.m. dinner
  • 7 p.m. panel discussion

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Park Place
11600 West Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53224


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 visit the event page, or contact .

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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