May 20, 2013

Hannah Elected MSCI Chairman, Association Builds on Record Year


Jonathan Kalkwarf, vice president, finance and government affairs, 847-485-3007 

Ashley DeVecht, director of communication, 847-485-3011 or 616-260-2785

Hannah Elected MSCI Chairman, Association Builds on Record Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 20, 2013–David H. Hannah, chairman and chief executive officer of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., Los Angeles, Calif., (NYSE: RS) has been elected chairman of the board for the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) effective July 1.  

Hannah began his career as a certified public accountant before joining Reliance in 1981.  He was appointed a director of Reliance in 1992 and president in 1995.  He was named chief executive officer in 1999 and chairman in 2007.

“It is an honor to take this position, one that many great leaders in our industry have held before me,” remarked Hannah.  “I am optimistic about the continued future growth of MSCI and the outlook for our industry as a whole.”

M. Robert Weidner, III, president and chief executive officer of MSCI, shares that optimism as the association's 2012 results were the best in its 100+ year history.  “By all standards, MSCI has achieved its financial goals while delivering value-added information and services to its members.  In 2012, we added 42 new members, increased our scholarship program, launched a new dynamic website and expanded our advocacy efforts.  MSCI is stronger than ever, our membership reflects the entire industrial metals industry, and we are poised to do even more.”

Hannah, who has served as a vice chairman of the trade association, succeeds Michael H. Hoffman, vice chairman of Kloeckner Metals, Newport Beach, Calif., who has served as chairman for the last two years. 

“MSCI today provides members with time-efficient and cost-effective networking, first-class education at all levels, strong advocacy support and exceptionally high-level industry information and research,” said Hoffman.  “I am proud to be a member and look forward to continuous enhancements.”

Brian R. Hedges, president and chief executive officer of Russel Metals, Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, will become a new vice chair for MSCI.  Hedges has been president and chief executive officer of Russel Metals since 2009.  He was named chief operating officer in 2008 and began his career with the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer in 1994. He joins Richard Robinson, president of Norfolk Iron & Metal Co., Norfolk, Neb., who is also a vice chairman; Todd Fogel, president of Basic Metals, Inc., Germantown, Wis., treasurer; and Weidner as officers of the board.

 Twelve new directors were named:

  • Geoff G. Gilmore, president, Worthington Steel, Columbus, Ohio
  •  John C. Gray, vice president, Ward Steel Service Company, Dayton, Ohio
  •  Hans-Josef Hoss, president and chief operating officer, ThyssenKrupp Materials NA, Inc., Southfield, Mich.
  • Michael J. Taylor, president–steel service centers, Cargill Metals Supply Chain, Woodland, Texas
  •  Barry Glick, president, Alro Metals Service Center Corporation, Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Norm Browning, executive vice president, O'Neal Steel, Inc., Birmingham, Ala.
  • Paul Hodson, global sales manager–distribution, The Timken Company, Canton, Ohio
  •  Barry R. Walsh, president, Pennsylvania Steel Company, Inc., Bensalem, Pa.
  • Micky Tschirhart, vice president, Scion Steel, Warren, Mich.
  • Dennis M. Oates, chairman, chief executive officer & president, Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc., Bridgeville, Pa.
  • Joseph Alvarado, chairman of the board, president, & chief executive officer, Commercial Metals Company, Irving, Texas
  • Mark L. Breckheimer, president, heavy carbon group, Kloeckner Metals, Chicago, Ill.

Three members were newly named to the Executive Committee:

  • Holman Head, president & chief executive officer, O'Neal Steel, Inc., Birmingham, Ala.
  • Richard T. Marabito, chief financial officer, Olympic Steel, Inc., Bedford Heights, Ohio
  • Alan L. Wilkinson, vice president, Marmon Distribution Services, Inc., Butler, Pa.


Eleven members are retiring from the board:  

  • David A. Wolfort, president, chief operating officer & director, Olympic Steel, Inc., Bedford Heights, Ohio
  • John E. Lusdyk, executive vice president–commercial, Infra-Metals–Pennsylvania, Langhorne, Pa.
  • Bill Jones, vice chairman, O'Neal Industries, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Mark Russell, president & chief operating officer, Worthington Industries, Inc., Columbus, Ohio
  • C. Lourenco Goncalves, former chairman, president & chief executive officer, Metals USA Holdings Corp., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Gary L. Crouch, sales manager, Nucor-Yamato Steel Company, Blytheville, Ark.
  • Dennis A. Mullin, president & chief executive officer, Steel & Pipe Supply Company, Inc., Manhattan, Kan.
  •  Michael G. Rippey, president & chief executive officer, ArcelorMittal USA, Burns Harbor, Ind.
  • James F. Sarwark, executive vice president, Nelsen Steel Company LP, Franklin Park, Ill.
  •  J.T. “Tim” Spatafore, president, Marmon/Keystone LLC, Butler, Pa.
  • Maureen A. Kelly, vice president, information systems, Russel Metals Inc., Mississauga, Ontario

About MSCI

Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute, based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., has over 400 members 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. To date over $2.5 million in scholarships have been awarded through its chapters.

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