Optima Specialty Steel, Inc. Names Ron Witzig General Manager of Kentucky Electric Steel

MIAMI--()--OPTIMA SPECIALTY STEEL INC. (the “Company”), one of North America’s leading independent producers of specialty steel products, today announced the appointment of Ron Witzig as General Manager of Kentucky Electric Steel (“KES”). KES is a value-added producer of SBQ and MBQ products serving a diversified customer base across attractive end markets including transportation, industrial equipment, yellow goods, agriculture, and construction.

Michael Salamon, the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, stated that, “Ron Witzig’s selection to lead KES was based upon his extensive industry experience and proven track record of reducing costs, implementing manufacturing process improvements, and achieving operational excellence. Ron’s leadership qualities and technical expertise will be invaluable in KES’s continued effort to distinguish itself in the products it produces and providing excellent and reliable service to its customers.”

I am excited about the opportunity to join the team at KES and create value for all of our stakeholders,” said Ron Witizig. Witzig added, “While the steel industry has recently faced challenging market conditions, my goal is to position KES for future success and I firmly believe that success begins with a safe workplace and superior customer service..

Ron Witzig has a wide-range of experience in areas such as engineering, maintenance, steel making, and hot rolling in long products and plate. He has served in various management roles including Operations Manager, Superintendent, General Manager, Plant Manager, and Vice President. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Illinois State and a degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Illinois Central.

About Optima Specialty Steel, Inc.

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, Optima Specialty Steel, Inc. is one of North America’s leading independent manufacturers of specialty steel products. Operating through its four wholly-owned subsidiaries, Michigan Seamless Tube & Pipe (MST), Niagara LaSalle Corporation, Kentucky Electric Steel and Corey Steel Company, the organization leverages its technical expertise, skilled workforce and sophisticated equipment to produce highly engineered products, including seamless cold drawn pipe and tube, cold finished steel bars and flats and various SBQ and MBQ products.


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