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.

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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.

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.

Make the Switch to Paperless Billing

O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) is going green and making the switch to paperless billing. While customers can still receive their bills and invoices through the postal service, the credit department is making the push towards digital services.

“We are hoping to provide customers with easy access to invoices while reducing paperwork,” said Cyndi Wallin, Corporate Credit Manager for OFR Metals. “It will be beneficial to our customers as well as OFR Metals to reduce costs and create efficiencies.”

OFR Metals wants to help its customers save money and time with the paperless billing program. A lean objective of the program is to cut waste by reducing paper product usage. The push to paperless billing also works to protect the environment. Every customer that signs up for paperless billing is saving trees. Nearly one billion trees worth of paper is thrown away each year in the U.S. alone.

The credit department currently estimates 20% of customers have made the switch to paperless. Wallin said she would like to see that number go up to 50% by the end of 2014. Current customers can expect to receive inserts with their next invoice that will share information on how you can switch to paperless billing, eInvoicing and online bill pay. There are three ways to switch to paperless billing or to receive more information:

  •  Call the corporate headquarters at 1.800.336.3365 and ask for your credit representative.
  •  Email accounts receivable at ar@ofrmetals.com.
  •  Visit the credit page to contact your credit representative or to pay your bill online.

Enrollment in paperless billing will allow customers to receive their invoice faster, pay bills without paperwork and help reduce waste.

OFR Metals Up to Bat for the MLB

The 2014 MLB season, which began March 30, is in full swing. The New York Yankees are celebrating their fifth year in the New Yankee Stadium and bidding farewell to All-Star Derek Jeter after this season.

The New Yankee Stadium opened its doors in 2009. During construction, O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) supplied a customer the 201, 301, and 430 stainless steel products that were used in many of the snack bars and beer stands. The long-time customer specializes in under bar equipment, including bottle, glass and keg chillers.

“When the stadium was being built the owner’s son mentioned to me that some of our stainless was going into the stadium,” said Len Russo, OFR Metals outside sales representative. “To see that one of our long-time customers, over 20 years of service, was working on this kind of a project using our material was really impressive.”

The New Yankee Stadium, also known as “The House that Jeter Built,” was a $1.5 billion project. The stadium pays homage to Yankee history by incorporating similar design elements to the previous stadium. This is second-most expensive stadium ever built, behind the MetLife Stadium home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets.

OFR Metals an NATM Associate Member

NATM membership certificateO’Neal Flat Rolled Metals (OFR Metals) joined the National Association of Trailer Manufactures (NATM) as an associate member in February.

As a member of the NATM, OFR Metals had the opportunity to exhibit at the 2014 NATM Convention and Trade Show, Feb. 26-28. The show was held at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev. It had nearly 1,000 attendees.

“As a result of exhibiting we got the chance to meet the decision makers of over 100 accounts,” said Dolph Simon, National accounts Manager for OFR Metals. “It was also beneficial that the purchasing professionals and buyers attended. We were able to discuss obstacles that affected them, including supply issues that drive the purchasing decisions.”

NATM associate members are suppliers of products and services to the trailer manufacturing industry. Through this membership, OFR Metals is able to exclusively work with trailer manufacturers and provide them with quality materials and services.

OFR Metals has 25 years of experience supplying aluminum coils, sheet, and tread, as well as stainless and carbon flat-roll, to the trailer industry.

“We plan to continue to participate in the NATM tradeshow,” said Simon. “There is much business to be shared and the trailer industry is a key industry in our collective customer base.”