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Friday, May 20, 2016
Small Parts, Inc., Logansport, IN, a stamper of metal parts and electrical components, has hired Matthew Lesher as president and COO. He previously was COO of Silver Towne, LP, Winchester, IN. “Matt is an individual with the skills and character to help us continue to build the business and enrich lives,” says Clay Barnes, president and CEO of MPI Corp., the parent company of Small Parts, Inc. “He not only brings manufacturing experience, but also a very professional approach to business with his unique experience as both a CPA and a lawyer,” says Clay Jackson, former president of Small Parts, Inc., who will assume the role of Metals Group president with MPI after a transition period. For more, visit

Bunting Magnetics Co., Newton, KS, has promoted Jana Davis to COO, a new position within the company, effective May 30, 2016. Davis joined Bunting Magnetics in 2011 as CFO.The company provides line metal detection and magnetic separation as well as material-handling equipment. Visit for more.

Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, MI, has appointed Ed Wynn regional sales manager, based out of the Greater Chicago, IL, area. Besides being responsible for sales development in his territory, Wynn will focus on promoting the company’s CTLMaster value-added cut-to-length lines. For details on the company’s products, visit

MetoKote Earns Supplier Performance Award from Auto Customer

Thursday, May 19, 2016
MetoKote Corp.'s Lima, OH, facility has been awarded the Supplier Performance Award from Cardington Yutaka Technologies, Inc. For more than 15 years, MetoKote has been providing high-temperature, liquid-paint services to Cardington for its exhaust components, and the award was granted for outstanding scheduling flexibility and part turnaround throughout the past year.
High-temperature-resistant coatings are designed to withstand temperatures ranging from 300 to 1200 F while providing protection against corrosion. MetoKote provides two color options to Cardington, silver and black, and applies the single-component material using two robotic systems. Heat-resistant coatings primarily are used with exhaust-system components due to the extreme temperatures to which these components are exposed.
The MetoKote-Lima facility, opened in 1972 and located next to the corporate office, is one of 30 MetoKote facilities located in seven countries. For more information, visit

Nucor CEO Ferriola Elected AISI Chairman

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The board of directors of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has elected John Ferriola, chairman, president and CEO of Nucor Corp., to serve as chairman until May 2017.
“John is a dedicated and outspoken advocate for our industry, and has engaged his employees and the supply chain to speak out on behalf of steel with their elected officials, especially on the issue of unfair trade,” says Thomas J. Gibson, AISI president and CEO of AISI. “This is what AISI is all about – getting involved. It is this type of energy and commitment to advocacy that will help us affect needed policy changes in this challenging economic environment. John’s leadership is recognized worldwide, as he also will be chairing the World Steel Association next year. We are grateful to have him lead AISI for the next 12 months.”
AISI also announced new board members and leadership changes. Roger Newport, CEO of AK Steel, and Guillermo Vogel, vice chairman of Tenaris Tamsa, were elected as AISI vice chairmen and officers of AISI. Luis Landois Garza, vice president of sales and marketing at Altos Hornos de Mexico, S.A. was elected to the AISI board, as was Maximo Vedoya, CEO of Ternium Mexico.


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