September 5, 2012

Northern Ohio Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide

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


Moderators and hosts:

  • Bob Weidner, III, MSCI president & CEO
  • MSCI chapter president John Zasadni, branch manager, Yarde Metals


  • Roger Sustar, president, Fredon Corp.
  • Karla R. Lewis, executive vice president & CFO, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.
  • Robert J. Lapp, vice president of government affairs and community relations, The Timken Co.
  • Gary W. Stein, president, Triple-S Steel Supply Co.

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


 Oct.1, 2012

4 p.m. MSCI member only plant tours
5 p.m. networking reception
6 p.m. panel discussion


 Jergens Inc.
15700 Waterloo Rd,
Cleveland, OH


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 Teresa Zingale

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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