OFR Metals’ Stainless a Player in Super Bowl XLVIII

MetLife Stadium was host to Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos while O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) had a play in the stadium.

The Monroe Township, N.J. branch supplied the stainless steel used in the construction of the escalators and many of the foodservice areas in the structure.

“Our team supplied close to 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of stainless for the construction of the escalators used in MetLife Stadium,” said Len Russo, outside sales representative, Monroe Twp., N.J. branch.

OFR Metals assisted in the construction of the facility by supplying 316 polished stainless steel sheets to Gerard Sheet Metal, East Brunswick, N.J., for the escalators.

In 2010, MetLife Stadium opened its doors and became the second stadium to house two NFL franchises, the New York Giants and the New York Jets, after its predecessor the Giants Stadium. The 82,500 seat capacity facility, located in N.J., was a $1.6 billion project. It is the most expensive and largest stadium ever built with a 2.1 million total square feet.

New President and CEO for OFR Metals

O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) announced that Jeff Simons will take over as the new president and CEO of the company.

“I am pleased to welcome Jeff to the OFR team,” said Bill Jones, vice chairman O’Neal Industries. “I know OFR will support him as he makes this well-deserved transition.”

Jeff Simons, Presiden & CEO OFR Metals Simons previously held the position of Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for O’Neal Industries, parent company of OFR Metals. He began his work with the company at O’Neal Steel in 1987 in Knoxville, Tenn. He held various positions in operations and sales. Simons later relocated to Greensboro, N.C., where he held positions in outside sales, major account management and sales management. He then transitioned to general manager in Wilson, N.C.

In 2007, Simons transferred back to Greensboro taking a job as the general manager over O’Neal Steel’s three North Carolina branches. In 2012, he relocated to Birmingham, Ala., in the position of vice president of sales and marketing for O’Neal Steel. He moved into his most recent role at O’Neal Industries in 2012.

Simons graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s in communication. He completed the Metals Service Center Institute’s (MSCI) Strategic Metals Management Program in 2009.