May 4, 2010

MSCI Elects Five New Members to Board of Directors

May 04, 2010

MSCI Elects Five New Members to Board of Directors

BOCA RATON, Florida, May 4, 2010 – Five metals industry executives were elected to the Board of Directors of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) at its annual meeting here today.

They include:

  • John Batiste, president of Klein Steel Service of Rochester, New York
  • William Partalis, president and CEO, Namasco Corporation, Roswell, Georgia
  • Marc A. Schupan, CEO, Schupan & Sons, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Richard E. O’Toole, president, Eastern North America, Macsteel Service Centers USA (chairman, Flat Rolled Products Council), Newport Beach, California
  • Terence R. Rogers, executive vice president and CFO, Ryerson, Inc., Chicago (chairman, Budget and Audit Committee)

“We are fortunate to have found metals industry executives of their high caliber to join our Board of Directors,” said M. Robert Weidner, III, MSCI’s president and CEO. “All of us on the board look forward to working with them in the year to come.

Bill Jones, MSCI chairman and vice chairman of O’Neal Industries of Birmingham, Alabama, said that the value of service on the MSCI board is the opportunity to be more closely involved in resolution of issues of tremendous importance to the entire metals supply chain.

“I have been a volunteer of MSCI for more than three decades, and during that time, the benefits of service have far outweighed time required to serve,” said Jones. “Our incoming directors are among the most important leaders of the industry. Our outgoing directors have distinguished themselves by their determination to make certain that they leave these positions with the industry in a better place then when they agreed to serve. All of these individuals have our sincere thanks and best wishes for success in all of their future endeavors.”

The five new directors replace five retiring directors who include:

  • Michael X. Cronin, CEO, Central Steel & Wire Company, Chicago, Illinois
  • Robert B. Haigh, chairman & CEO, Chicago Tube & Iron Company, Romeoville, Illinois
  • Paul J. Labriola, president & CEO, Robinson Steel Co., Inc., East Chicago, Indiana
  • Michael J. Taylor. President, Cargill Steel Service Centers, The Woodlands, Texas
  • Mary Valenta, executive vice president & CFO, O'Neal Industries, Birmingham, Alabama

Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute has more than 375 members operating from about 1,200 locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere in the world. Together, MSCI members constitute the largest single group of metals distributors 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. MSCI’s membership also includes almost all ferrous and non-ferrous industrial metals producers in North America. Metals service centers inventory and distribute metals and provide first-stage fabrication services.


Jon Kalkwarf, vice president, administration, and CFO

847-485-3007 or jkalkwarf@msci.org