September 19, 2012

Candidates Attending Manufacturing Summit in Lee’s Summit, MO

Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide

Candidate attendance update: The following candidates will attend the upcoming Manufacturing Summit in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

  • U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO 2nd District)
  • Mr. Jacob Turk, Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Missouri's 5th District

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 Mid-America 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 Commerces Association Committee of 100. In addition, Bob is a member and second vice chair of the Council of Manufacturing Executives of the National Association of Manufacturers.

  • Gregory Otto is MSCI Central States chapter president and general manager of the Iowa market for Ryerson, Inc. Ryerson is a North American processor and distributor of metals, with operations in the United States, Mexico, Canada, China and Brazil. The Company distributes and processes various kinds of metals, including stainless and carbon steel and aluminum products.


  • Richard Robinson is president of Norfolk Iron and Metal Company a family-owned general-line carbon steel distributor headquartered in Norfolk, Neb. Robinson has been leading Norfolk since 1982 and is a graduate of the University of Arizona.

  • John R. Sunderman is president of Owen Industries, Inc., a North American steel processor headquartered in Omaha, Neb. Sunderman has been with Owen Industries since 1998 and is a graduate of Valparaiso University.

  • Michael J. Taylor is president of Cargill Steel Service Centers, a group of steel service centers located in the United States and China.
  • Craig Schroer is president and CEO of United Technical Industries Inc., a components manufacturer located in Lee's Summit, Mo.

Participating Organizations:

  • Missouri Association of Manufacturers
    Missouri Association of Manufacturers

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


Sept. 20, 2012, 4:00 pm panel discussion followed by a networking reception



UNITECH, A Division of United Technical Industries, Inc.
2300 N.E. Independence Ave.
Lees Summit, MO 64064



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.


Attendees: To register for the event, contact or call (515) 262-4230. For more information, contact Gregory Otto, Ryerson, Inc., (515) 262-4230.

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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