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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:42

MSCI Scholarship Program Continues to Grow

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The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) scholarship program again surpassed its previous record, providing educational assistance to over 351 member employees’ families in 2016. Over the past year, MSCI and its chapters awarded scholarships totaling $774,750. In 2015, MSCI awarded 342 scholarships with a value of $766,500.

M. Robert Weidner, III, MSCI president and CEO, says the increase in funding and awards is a testament to MSCI’s support for higher education and trade programs. “The enthusiasm behind the program continues to grow each year. The organization and its chapters are committed to education at all levels for professionals in the industrial metals supply chain, ranging from online learning through professional development and Strategic Metals Management.”

The scholarship program began in 2004 and was sparked by chapter enthusiasm for higher learning at both trade schools and colleges. Today 31 chapters across the United States and Canada are involved. The program is now in its 12th year and over the life of the program has awarded over 2,600 scholarships valued at more than $5.4 million.

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) unveiled customized tools available to MSCI members through its partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC). These new resources are part of MSCI’s commitment to deliver relevant safety resources for its members.

The new tools available to MSCI members include:

  • Access to NSC safety experts
  • Local access to the Council’s valuable Advanced Safety Certificate program, the gold standard in safety training
  • Access to tools that will help member companies assess their own safety programs and safety professionals against industry competency models approved by the MSCI Safety Committee
  • Other valuable NSC training and information resources


The announcement was made at MSCI’s Safety Conference, collocated with the 2016 NSC Congress & Expo in Anaheim, California.

“Advocating for an industry-wide safety culture is a critical part of all that we do at MSCI,” said M. Robert Weidner, III, MSCI president & CEO. “At MSCI, we take partnership very seriously; for us it means building a long, lasting relationship. We believe in working with the very best, which is why we’ve chosen to partner with NSC, the recognized leader in safety.”

“For more than 100 years, NSC has been devoted to making our world safer,” added Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president & CEO. “We are pleased to join with MSCI as they elevate safety and bring it to their members. By blending their industry expertise with our expertise in safety, together we will help companies create strong, lasting safety cultures.”

Helping members improve their safety programs has been an important initiative for MSCI. The new resources announced today are in addition to the offerings already available to members including: the annual Safety Conference, a Safety Handbook, the Optimum Safety Helpline and the Safety Survey.

Friday, 18 September 2015 09:02

4th Annual MSCI Safety Conference

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Safety in the metals industry is a top priority, a mindset supported by the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI). The upcoming MSCI Safety Conference being held Oct. 12 – 13, 2015 at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois, features a program designed by the volunteers of MSCI’s Safety committee, a group of 20 metals industry safety professionals.

“It is a moral obligation of companies to ensure that their workers return home safely every day, and safe companies are successful companies “ said M. Robert Weidner, III, MSCI president and CEO. “This event is the only metals industry specific opportunity for executives, operations managers and safety professionals to meet, learn and exchange information and best practices.”

In 2013, 4,585 workers were killed on the job in the United States, an average of 88 a week or more than 12 deaths every day according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Safety Conference features an opening keynote by Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. Breakout sessions cover topics from OSHA compliance and creating a safety culture to specific tools for improving employee safety and achieving a zero accident rate. Because of the importance of safety, the conference has tiered pricing to help companies bring teams of attendees and allows non-members to register as well.

The Safety Conference is the part of an overall safety initiative by MSCI to provide information and resources for its members to improve employee safety. Quarterly webinars, the Optimum Safety Hotline, a free Safety Handbook and the Safety Best Practices & Success Study are also offered to members.

Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute is a non-profit association based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, serving the metals industry. It serves members in more than 1,500 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the world.

For more information, visit: www.MSCI.org

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) reported double-digit membership growth for 2012 to its board of directors at their meeting this past weekend.  This year the 103-year old Rolling Meadows based organization welcomed more than 40 companies.  Their member roster of over 400 companies reads as a “who’s who” in the metals industry including metal service centers, producing mills and companies who provide products or services to the metals supply chain.
 
“We are pleased to see another year of significant membership growth, across all categories.  Member companies and participants are finding and sharing the value that they experience through MSCI with others in the industry,” explained Chairman of MSCI’s Board of Directors Michael H. Hoffman. "This is the third year in a row that MSCI has experienced significant growth, despite uncertainty in our economy. Sixty percent of our members today were not part of our organization in 2001.“

As part of MSCI’s advocacy efforts on behalf of members, a series of 11 Manufacturing Summits were held across the country to discuss issues of critical importance to the industry and educate candidates. More than 3,000 members and guests, plus 30 political incumbents and candidates, attended to hear panelists discuss critical manufacturing issues.

M. Robert Weidner, III, president and CEO of MSCI, is cautiously optimistic about continued growth for the organization and the US economy in 2013.  “I am looking forward to the upcoming election and that going forward our leadership understands the need for collaboration and action on both short and long-term issues important to manufacturing for the economy to improve.”

Weidner also stressed that membership growth for the organization is an ongoing process, as is evolving to meet the growing needs of its members. “In September we launched a new dynamic website that better represents MSCI and its offerings, promoting increased communication with our chapters.  Our multi-tiered education program has also been revised and enhanced, and the foundation put in place for products and services to support the new Copper & Brass product division.  In addition, our first annual Safety Conference debuted this year with one-fifth of member companies represented.”

The scholarship program supported by MSCI national and implemented through its chapters experienced growth as well, with more than 250 scholarships being awarded in 2012.  In total since the program began in 2004, the program has nearly 1300 scholarships totaling over $2.5 million in support to children of employees at MSCI member companies.

Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute, based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., has over 400 members operating from more than 1,500 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and throughout the world. Together MSCI members constitute the largest single group of metals purchasers in North America, amounting each year to more than 55 million tons of steel, aluminum and other metals, with about 300,000 manufacturers and fabricators as customers. MSCI's membership also includes almost all ferrous and non-ferrous industrial metals producers in North America. Service centers inventory, process and distribute metals to manufacturing intermediaries and original equipment manufacturers.

MSCI conducts eight national level conferences for members annually along with networking events that are held across the 30+ chapters and offer access to educational programs for all levels of employees from entry-level to executive. To date over $2.5 million in scholarships have been awarded through its chapters.

For more information, visit: www.msci.org

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), a trade organization for the metals industry, unveiled a new enhanced website this week. “Over the past five years MSCI has evolved into a vibrant and dynamic association,” said president and CEO Robert Weidner.  “We bring value to members through networking opportunities, education, advocacy and research.  The new MSCI.org is a natural step of our evolution and conveys who we are today and the role we have in the industry.”

According to VP of Technology Chris Marti, members and visitors to the site will not only find a new contemporary design and feel, but will also notice it is much easier to navigate.  “There are many advantages to the new site including user-friendly menus, a very powerful search engine, and increased functionality,” he added.

Photos and rotating banners add interest, while multiple calendars give users different options for accessing government affairs news and tools, brochures on upcoming events, research reports, chapter news, scholarship program news, and details on a variety of levels of education programs developed specifically for the metals industry.

The updated, dynamic website is now an online destination for members to return to consistently, with regular news updates. New features also enable individuals to see content specific to their interests and product specialization. Chapters will see an improvement in ease of accessing their specific information, and communication with the association’s committees, board of directors, and chapters will also be enhanced.

Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute, based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has over 400 members operating from more than 1,500 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and throughout the world. Together MSCI members constitute the largest single group of metals purchasers in North America, amounting each year to more than 55 million tons of steel, aluminum and other metals, with about 300,000 manufacturers and fabricators as customers. MSCI’s membership also includes almost all ferrous and non-ferrous industrial metals producers in North America. Service centers inventory, process and distribute metals to manufacturing intermediaries and original equipment manufacturers.

For more information, visit: www.MSCI.org

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