O’Neal Named Service Center Executive of the Year

Craft O’Neal, chairman and CEO of O’Neal Industries (ONI), was named 2016 Service Center Executive of the Year by Metal Center News.

The December 2016 issue of Metal Center News features O’Neal and the ONI family of companies.

“Craft O’Neal’s skilled guidance of O’Neal Industries earns him distinction as the Metal Center News 2016 Executive of the Year,” a snapshot from the magazine article reads.

To read the full article check out the December 2016 issue of Metal Center News or view the article below.


New Outside Sales Representative for Kansas

The O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) New Century, Kan., branch recently welcomed Evan Skinner as the new outside sales representative.

Skinner comes to OFR Metals with both inside and outside sales experience as well as experience in fabrication sales. He is a graduate from the University of Kansas.

“We look forward to working with Evan,” said Mike Severin, general manager for the OFR Metals Midwest Region. “I’m confident he will be a valued contributor to our growth strategy in the Midwest.”

New Inside Sales Representative to Colorado

The O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) Colorado branch recently welcomed Rebecca Sederberg as the new inside sales representative.

Sederberg comes to OFR Metals with years of inside sales experience working in various industries, including magazines and restaurant equipment. She has also been working on her side photography business since 2001.

“Her outgoing personality along with her strong phone and computer skills will help the Brighton branch grow,” said Rob Donnellon. “We are excited to welcome her to the inside sales team.”

Sederberg is most looking forward to her first big sale. She is also thankful to OFR Metals for welcoming her to the team.

Hammes Named Vice President of Supply Chain

Tony Hammes, VP Supply ChainO’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) announced that Tony Hammes will join the company as the vice president of supply chain.

“I am pleased to welcome Tony Hammes to the OFR Metals team,” said Jeff Simons, president and CEO of OFR Metals. “Tony’s career experience and track record of success positions him well to have an immediate impact on the management of our inventory and supply chain.”

Hammes joins OFR Metals with over 25 years of industry experience. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. During his career he has worked in a variety of positions, including information technologies, operations management, and outsides sales. Hammes also served as vice president of procurement for two metals industry organizations.

In his new role, Hammes will have responsibility for all activities related to purchasing, supplier relations, and managing inventory performance for the company.

New Outside Sales Representative to Northeast Territory

The O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) Northeast Territory recently welcomed John Ripp as the Outside Sales Representative for the Connecticut area.

Ripp graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2009 with a bachelor’s in business marketing. He played varsity golf and hockey while attending school. Ripp has experience in sales and territory management with an emphasis on painted aluminum.

“I am looking forward to learning more about the stainless steel industry while continuing to gain knowledge on the aluminum side,” said Ripp. “I can’t wait to get my feet wet in my territory, meet new customers, create and maintain relationships, and build up the region to the best of my ability.”

Ripp is looking forward to working with the OFR Metals team and to begin this new journey in his career.

New General Manager to OFR Metals Lynchburg

Brad Hite, GM LynchburgO’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) recently welcomed Brad Hite as the new General Manager for its Lynchburg, Va., branch.

Hite will have full management responsibilities for the Mid-Atlantic Region. His responsibilities will include sales, operations, inventory, and maintaining the working relationship with sister company O’Neal Steel (ONS).

He graduated from Purdue University in 1991 with a Bachelors of Management and earned his MBA from North Central College in Naperville, Ill., in 1996. Hite’s recent experience includes president for a stainless company in Illinois. He also has experience in sales, manufacturing, and management.

“Hite’s extensive background will serve him well in his new position,” said Phill Cavender, Regional Vice President for OFR Metals. “It will allow him to support, grow and achieve success in the OFR Mid-Atlantic Region.”

Gone, but Never Forgotten-Rebuilding the New York Skyline

As we remember the tragedy that forever changed the New York skyline on Sept. 11, 2001, we also look toward the future.

Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives during the attacks and our nation was changed forever. Loved ones were lost, but faith and patriotism grew. Many memorials have been put in place, including the Tribute in Light and the more recent National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.

Now, 13 years later, the One World Trade Center (1 WTC) will open at the conclusion of 2014. It stands at a symbolic height of 1,776 feet and references the year the Declaration of Independence was signed (CNN, 2013). It currently stands as the fourth-tallest skyscraper in the world.

Ground was broken for 1 WTC in May 2006, with a formal ceremony. The architectural plans for the lobby were drawn by architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The plan called for the use of 316L premium stainless steel plate to be used for the cable wall. O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) was honored to supply the American-made stainless steel used for the project.

The original twin towers may have fallen, but out of the rubble the new 1 WTC was erected. It signifies the strength and courage of the American people. OFR Metals is proud to play a small role in building a brighter future for our nation.

Our thoughts are with the fallen and their families. We also want to thank all the armed forces, firefighters, and law enforcement who have served or are currently serving our great nation.

OFR Metals Joined Social Media

Social media marketing is vastly increasing for B2B companies, including the manufacturing industry.

O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) is turning to social media to keep customers, prospects, employees and the O’Neal family of companies involved in the conversation.

‘Like’ the OFR Metals Facebook page and join in the conversation with employees. Learn about the culture of OFR Metals, discover company values, and stay in the loop with company news.

‘Follow’ the company Twitter page for news, market information, and industry information.

‘Follow’ OFR Metals on LinkedIn and ‘Connect’ with its valued sales team. Discover solutions to help your business succeed and find out what opportunities there are within the organization.

Follow the Beyond Metal Buzz blog for information on the industry and market, company culture, and just have fun.

OFR Metals is excited about this step and hope you will join in the conversation.

New General Manager to the Southeast Region

Seth Wiener, GM SoutheastO’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) recently welcomed Seth Wiener as the new General Manager for its Birmingham, Ala., branch.

Wiener will have full management responsibilities for the Southeastern Region. These responsibilities will include sales, operations, inventory, and maintaining the OFR Metals and O’Neal Steel (ONS) relationship.

“Seth will be working closely with the entire OFR Metals team as well as the ONS team in the South Region,” said Phill Cavender, Regional Vice President for the OFR Metals Southeast Region. “He will continue to build on the progress made by our Birmingham team.”

Wiener graduated from Philadelphia University in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He brings over 29 years of industry experience to the company and has worked with companies in the O’Neal Family. His experience includes sales, sales management, district management, and regional and national product management.

“Seth’s broad experience in the industry combined with his vast product knowledge positions him well to support, grow and achieve success in the OFR Metals Southeastern Region,” said Cavender.

New Outside Sales Representative to Tulsa Branch

O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) recently welcomed Michelle Replogle to the Tulsa, Okla., branch. Replogle began July 7 as an outside sales representative.

Replogle has 15 years of management experience in both inside and outside sales. She began her career in the metals industry in inside sales and eventually transitioned to outside sales for the building products group at Kloeckner Metals.

“Michelle’s experience, enthusiasm and strong work ethic make for a great addition to our existing team,” said Mike Severin, General Manager for the Midwest Region. “She will be instrumental as we continue to strive to grow our business profitably and supply unmatched customer satisfactory levels.”

Replogle says she is excited to experience every aspect of OFR Metals. She values building close relationships with customers, new prospects, and coworkers.

“Building long-term relationships is what it is all about,” said Replogle. “It makes work seem like you are not working. I love working in outside sales and bringing in new business while retaining the already established business. There is always that challenge to find more and that is exciting to me.”