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Who is the Steel Man of the Year?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Association of Steel Distributors (ASD) announced Michael G. Rippey, chairman of ArcelorMittal USA, Chicago, IL, as the 2014 recipient of its Steel Man of the Year award. The annual ASD award recognizes one individual who embodies leadership, dedication, service and excellence in the steel industry. Rippey will be officially recognized at a black-tie event during the 2015 ASD Spring Convention, April 23-25, in Indian Wells, CA.
Rippey leads ArcelorMittal USA’s flat-carbon operations, comprising 17 facilities in nine states and including mines, integrated steelmaking facilities and finishing mills capable of producing light flat-rolled and plate products. The company’s U.S. flat-carbon operations employs more than 16,000 people. Rippey has also served as president and chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal USA from 2006 to 2014.

He began his career with Inland Steel in 1984, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Indiana University; a master’s degree in Banking and Finance from Loyola University, Chicago; and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Rippey is active in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana communities, serving as a governing trustee for Children’s Home + Aid, and member of its finance and audit committee. Rippey also serves on the board of directors for the American Iron & Steel Institute in addition to serving as chairman of both the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers. He also is a member of the dean’s council and an alumni fellow at Indiana University.

Schuler to Modernize Tryout Presses for Audi

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Schuler‘s Hydraulic division has received an order to modernize nine tryout presses for the Toolmaking department of Audi AG. The lines were supplied in 1998 by press manufacturer Müller Weingarten, which Schuler acquired in 2007.
In addition to a complete retrofit of their electrical and hydraulic systems, including the sealing of all cylinders and various mechanical overhauls, the nine lines, with press forces of 1,200 to 2,100 mtons, also will be fitted with new safety technology. Work is due to begin in mid-2015.
Besides its own brand, Audi’s Toolmaking department also supplies other brands of the Volkswagen Group with forming dies and equipment for car-body manufacturing.
For more on Schuler’s press capabilities, visit

Miro Tool and Manufacturing Adds CO2 Laser

Monday, March 30, 2015
Miro Tool & Mfg., Waukesha, WI, a contract manufacturer specializing in metal stamping, fabrication and machining, has added a Mitsubishi eX-series 2D CO2 laser. The investment allows the company to increase its laser- and waterjet-cutting capabilities and capacity.

“Our new laser will not only help us directly in fabrication, but also in the many projects we process involving a cross-pollination of the manufacturing services Miro offers,” says Jeff Brown, Miro president.

This eX-series model is the fifth generation in a line of 2D Mitsubishi lasers. The laser reportedly combines ease of operability, high-speed lens movement, upgradable automation and the company’s patented resonator design to deliver high cutting power per watt available.

For more on Miro’s capabilities, visit


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