August 30, 2012

Cincinnati Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide

Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide

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

  • U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-6, Mich.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

  • Ohio state treasurer, Josh Mandel

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)

  • WHAT        

    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 Cincinnati 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 second vice chair of the Council of Manufacturing Executives of the National Association of Manufacturers
    • MSCI Cincinnati Chapter president Burke Byer is president, Frederick Steel Co., a fourth generation family business that focuses on three primary product lines: rebar, structural steel and scrap. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton.


    • 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.

    • Geoff Gilmore is president of Worthington Steel, Inc., a diversified metals manufacturing company that processes steel but also manufactures pressure cylinders, and metal framing. Gilmore joined Worthington Steel in 1998 as an inside sales representative. Over the next 12 years, he took on sales roles of increasing responsibility, later becoming general manager of the Worthington Steel Delta, Ohio facility, vice president of purchasing for Worthington Industries, and, in 2012, president. Gilmore earned his bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University and his MBA from The University of Michigan.
    • Bob Faxon is president of Faxon Machining, Inc. a specialist in deep hole drilling and CNC machining specialties.
    • Andrew Quinn is president of ILSCO Corp., a privately-held, American-owned electrical connector manufacturing company. He joined the family business in 1999 and launched ILSCO's Mexican plant. Quinn was appointed president in March of 2009. He holds an MBA from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.


    Sept. 27, 2012, beginning at 3:00 p.m. and followed by a networking reception.


    Faxon Machining
    11101 Adwood Dr.
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45240


    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 or for more information, contact Jena Nordman, Frederick Steel Co., (513) 679-4253

    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 over 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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