October 18, 2012

Manufacturing Issues to be Discussed–Candidates Attending

Candidates expected to attend include:

NY-25: West Central, Greater Rochester– candidate Maggie Brooks and a representative for Rep. Louise Slaughter, and

NY-27: West, Suburbs of Buffalo and Rochester –candidate Chris Collins and a representative for Rep. Kathy Hochul

If you are interested in attending please contact Ashley DeVecht, 847-485-3011or Dianna Smoljan, 708-479-7540.

Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide


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 Buffalo chapter and is one of 11 to be held this election year around the country.


Moderators and hosts:

  • Bob Weidner, MSCI president & CEO
  • MSCI chapter president Todd Zyra, CEO, Klein Steel Service, Inc.


  • John Batiste, president & CEO, Klein Steel Service Inc.;
  • Gary D. Keith, vice president – regional economist, M&T Bank;
  • Brian Sampson, executive director, Unshackle Upstate; and
  • Michael Stumo, CEO, Coalition for a Prosperous America

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


Oct. 22, 2012

4:00 p.m. summit and panel discussion

5:30 p.m. networking reception


Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS Building 78)

Rochester Institute of Technology

111 Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY

(Free parking in Lot T)


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: Registration is $15 — to register for the event or for more information, contact Teresa Zingale.

Media Contacts:
Jonathan Kalkwarf (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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