MSCI: Broadening the industrial metals community

03 June 2021

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) recently concluded its Virtual Annual Meeting of Members, electing a new board that will continue to focus on how to expand the industry, attract a more diverse workforce, and build a modern trade association that responds to the changing demands of doing business in a post-pandemic world. 

“Despite the existential threat from the pandemic and economic volatility, the industrial metals sector is strong,” said MSCI President and CEO M. Robert Weidner, III. “Our members are eager to get back to in-person networking and educational events. However, MSCI transitioned seamlessly to a ‘content on demand’ model, keeping our community connected, informed, and on the cutting edge in 2020 and into 2021.” 

MSCI’s primary task during the pandemic was to help member companies survive, hold the industrial metals community together, and help members prepare for an unknown future. 

Outgoing MSCI Board Chair Eddie Lehner, president and CEO of Ryerson in Chicago, spearheaded the launch of the organization’s “Let’s Build Now” initiative earlier this year. The program works to build momentum, awareness and support for infrastructure investment. 

Incoming Board Chair Richard T. Marabito, CEO of Olympic Steel in Cleveland, will continue to rally support for local, state, and federal investments in infrastructure. Marabito also emphasized the need to build a more diverse and inclusive industrial metals workforce. 

“It is my honor to serve as the next Chair of the MSCI Board of Directors. I wish to thank Eddie Lehner for his vision, leadership, and drive to initiate our “Build Now” campaign. Investing in our infrastructure and advocating for a robust metals and manufacturing base at home has strong membership support,” said Marabito. “Together with my fellow directors and the MSCI team, we look forward to delivering member value through the momentum around ‘Build Now,’ our unique educational and data offerings, and the important industry relationships built through our live and virtual events. I am most excited to help our members realize the many benefits of greater diversity and safety in our workforces.” 

Courtesy of The Metals Service Center Institute.