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AISI Awards SSAB Americas' Chuck Schmitt its Gary Memorial Medal

Monday, May 23, 2016
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has announced that Chuck Schmitt, president of SSAB Americas, is the 2016 recipient of the Gary Memorial Medal—the industry’s highest honor. Schmitt, AISI’s immediate past chairman, “is an outstanding leader for AISI and for the entire steel industry in North America,” says Martin Lindqvist, CEO of SSAB AB. “His hard work continues to help strengthen the role of steel in American manufacturing.”
The Gary Memorial Medal is presented annually to recognize an individual for his or her remarkable lifelong contributions to the North American steel industry.
The medal’s inscription reads, “For his outstanding leadership in representing the critical public policy interests of the Institute and American manufacturing in a period of tremendous challenge; [and] for his unwavering commitment of time and energy to matters that will impact the future of the North American steel industry, the Institute and the people we support and serve to keep our vital industry strong.”
Schmitt served as chairman of the AISI board of directors from May 2015 through May 2016 and chaired a number of board-level committees. He was elected to the AISI board in 2011, and will remain as an officer on the board for another year.

Metalforming Industry Movers & Shakers

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


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