Metals Service Center Institute to Host 11 Manufacturing Summits: Goal to “Close the Divide Between Jobs, Policy & Growth”

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 12, 2012 — The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) announced its schedule of 11 Manufacturing Summits across the country. Each event will be co-hosted by area chapters and the national trade association. Themed “Closing the Divide Between Jobs, Policy and Growth”, the summits are an opportunity for national and local manufacturing leaders, policy experts, employees and political candidates to discuss the most critical issues facing the manufacturing and metal sectors.

“This is an extremely important election year,” said MSCI President and CEO Robert Weidner, III. “It is crucial that our members, their customers and communities have a chance to learn more about industry concerns and understand where their local candidates stand on those topics. There are real issues facing the manufacturing sector, our members’ lifeblood, which will result in real costs to both employers and employees."

The first Summit is being held in Milwaukee August 8, 2012, at the Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Park Place. The meeting will feature a panel discussion moderated by Weidner, including: Dan Ariens, president and CEO, the Ariens Company; William M. Hickey, president, Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp.; William J. Ring, president, Dalco Metals, Inc.; Ladd R. Hall, executive vice president, Flat Rolled Products, Nucor Corporation; and Tim Sullivan, former CEO of Bucyrus International Inc. The panel will discuss the business implications of tax policies and reforms, regulatory policies, health care, energy policies, trade issues and workforce development. More information is available at:

Other Summits include:

August 13, hosted by the Cincinnati Chapter in Cincinnati, Ohio

August 28, hosted by the Central States Chapter in Oakbrook, Ill.

September 20, hosted by the Mid-America Chapter Kansas City, Kan.

October 1, hosted by Northern Ohio Chapter in Cleveland, Ohio

October 4, hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter in Philadelphia, Pa.

October 8, hosted by the South Atlantic Chapter in Charlotte, N.C.

October 11, hosted by the Pittsburgh Chapter in Pittsburgh, Pa.

October 15, hosted by the Mid-South Chapter in Atlanta, Ga.

October 22, hosted by the Buffalo Chapter in Buffalo/Rochester, N.Y.

October 29, hosted by the Southern California Chapter in City of Industry, Calif.

Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute, based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., has nearly 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. For more information, visit Follow us on twitter @MSCITweets, and connect with us on LinkedIn at Metals Service Center Institute.


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