Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide

(BUSINESS WIRE) — September 6, 2012 — Metals Service Center Institute:



“A Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide Between Jobs, Policy and Growth” will be co-hosted by the national Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) and the Mid-America chapter and is one of 11 to be held this election year around the country.



MSCI president and CEO Bob Weidner, III

MSCI Central States chapter president Gregory Otto, general manager - Iowa Market, Ryerson, Inc.
Richard Robinson, president, Norfolk Iron and Metal Company;
John R. Sunderman, president, Owen Industries, Inc.;
Michael J. Taylor, president, Cargill Steel Service Centers, and
Craig Schroer, president and CEO, United Technical Industries Inc.
All republican and democrat federal candidates have been invited to participate.


September 20, 2012, 4:00 pm panel discussion followed by a networking reception



UNITECH, A Division of United Technical Industries, Inc.

2300 N.E. Independence Ave.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064


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, 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, contact Jaymie Roberts, Email Contact or call (515) 262-4230. For more information, contact Gregory Otto, Ryerson, Inc., 515-262-4230.


Media Contact: Jonathan Kalkwarf 847-485-3007, cell 773-835-6108.

Email Contact 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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