October 8, 2012

Virginia Ann Foxx Attending South Atlantic Manufacturing Summit

Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide

Update: U.S. Rep. Virginia Ann Foxx (R-NC, 5th District) will be attending the Charlotte, North Carolina, event later today.

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).


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 South Atlantic 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 Joe Baucom, vice president, Southeastern Region, Marmon/Keystone, LLC


  • Bill Jones is vice chairman at O’Neal Industries, the largest family-owned group of metals service centers in the United States. Bill joined O’Neal in 1976, and has been in executive leadership since 1993.
  • Michael C. Arnold is president and CEO of Ryerson Inc., a metals distributor and processor headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Michael joined Ryerson in January of 2011, following more than three decades at The Timken Company.
  • James Darsey is executive vice president of Nucor Corp., which manufactures steel products and is North America’s largest recycler. Jim began at Nucor in 1979 and has served in various management and executive positions over the course of his career.
  • Maria Haughton is president and CEO of American Stainless Tubing, Inc., a service center headquartered in Cheraw, South Carolina. She has been with American Stainless Tubing since 1994.

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


Oct. 8, 2012

4:00 – 5:30 pm presentations

5:30 – 6:30 pm networking reception


Renaissance Charlotte Suites

2800 Coliseum Centre Drive

Charlotte, NC 28217


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 Maria Haughton (704) 928-2440

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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