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Tammy Poff, Inside Sales

Hi! My name is Tammy Poff and I started with Lucas Metals in 1987. My first job with Lucas was in a clerical capacity. I did a little bit of everything even sales when no one else was around. When Pennsylvania Steel bought Lucas Metals in 1997, my new boss, Lee Kushman decided I should move on to the sales department. I agreed and have spent almost 20 years in inside sales. I love my customers and have a great relationship with them. Sometimes they know me better than my family. I have a full personal life with two grown children Andrea and Ryan who now have children of their own. The role of mother and grandmother is important to me. I enjoy every minute of watching my kids and grandkids enjoy their lives and assisting where I can. I’m very happy with the balance and success I have achieved in my life both at work and at home. I’m grateful for the opportunity that Pennsylvania Steel has provided and the wonderful life I have as a result. I wish everyone in the company the good fortune I have had from a company that rewards hard work and a diligent effort. Thank you to my superiors for having faith in me and to my co-workers for being such great people to be around. My view is that our sales team is the best.
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Bob Noonan, General Manager

I started my career in the steel business at the age of 20 as a saw operator, for Mannion Steel Company in Philadelphia, PA. Over my years at Mannion, I worked my way up to General Manager. After several years I decided to pursue my own steel business in New Jersey. With help I built this company into a force in the market until I was able to realize one of my lifelong dreams; I had always wanted to live in Florida.

In 1999 my family and I decided to relocate to Venice, Florida and open another business, Harbor Steel, Inc. The business grew quickly. Unfortunately, the company was hit with the 2007 downturn in the housing and construction markets and we were forced to close our doors in 2009.

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My family and I moved back north to Whitehall, PA in 2010 and started working for Pennsylvania Steel Company as an Inside Sales Person. I was soon promoted to Inside Sales Manager. Sales at the Whitehall branch grew and I was recently promoted, this time to General Manager of a new Pennsylvania Steel acquisition in Cleveland, OH.

I’ll be moving my family there in early 2016 to start the next chapter in my journey. With all the help and resources available within Pennsylvania Steel I’m sure this newest branch will soon become a market force in the Cleveland area.

I’m very excited to get things started!

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Pennsylvania Steel Company Expanding Into The Cleveland Marketplace.

Pennsylvania Steel Company Inc. has agreed to acquire Erie Metals Inc., Berea OH. The acquisition will be completed on January 5, 2016. The Erie Metals Division will be the 8th location for Pa Steel. This new location will dramatically increase Pennsylvania Steel’s market footprint which previously ranged from South Carolina through New England.

Erie Metals Inc. is a cold finished carbon bar specialist and has been servicing the Cleveland market for over 25 years. Erie Metals founders Mike Reese and Jim Straka will both remain on board as part of the Erie Metals Division of Pennsylvania Steel.

Pennsylvania Steel Co. Inc. is a privately held full line Metals Service center headquartered in Bensalem PA. Pa Steel provides raw material to the metal manufacturing sector through eight Service Center locations. Core products include Carbon and Alloy Steels, Aluminum, Stainless, Tool Steel and Tubing products.

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Employee Spotlight: Marc Ciechoski

I started working in the metal industry back in late 2000’s knowing nothing about steel, except that it was heavy, and if you drop it on your foot it hurts. Starting off as a material handler, I learned about the different grades of steel and aluminum. Moving up to a saw operator position, I learned about running various machines, cutting speeds and tolerances: holding tolerances within.005 of an inch.

I stepped out of the metal industry back in 2007 after realizing that being behind a single machine wasn’t for me. I went ahead and obtained my CDL Class A, but with the industry slowdown, finding a driving position that would have me home nightly was hard. 

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In 2008, I found an ad for Pennsylvania Steel, hiring for general warehouse work. When I applied, I was asked if I would be interested in being a backup driver and agreed. With my previous experience, I adapted quickly, pulling material, running the saws, receiving and organizing: doing whatever was needed to help the New England Division grow. When we moved into the new warehouse I continued to work on the floor doing various jobs and also doing deliveries. It was almost like having a new job everyday, which kept me on my toes. Eventually, we grew out of just having three straight trucks and had obtained a tractor trailer. With that, I was doing local deliveries, doing a shuttle run back and forth to Bensalem Pa., and a run up to the hub in Hudson Ma.

Currently, I run a daily shuttle to the Hudson, Ma hub. This supplies the eastern side of MA, as well as New Hampshire and parts of Rhode Island. Every day is something new and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Employee Spotlight: John Muldoon

I started my metal career in 1985 after I got out of the Marine Corps in 1985. I have had a very diverse and fulfilling career in this industry. I started as a machinist apprentice at a local machine shop. From there I moved into the supply side of the industry by Joining General Aerospace as an order filler. At that time General was the largest metal distributor on Long Island. 

When they were acquired by Davidson Aluminum in 1994 I was able to move over to the sales side of the business. Moving into sales gave me some insight as to how sales and warehouse functions have to work together, rather than independently. I was fortunate to have so many people with so much experience help me through all of the changes

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In the following 10 years I was caught up in the acquisition phase of our industry. Transtar purchased Davidson aluminum. Then Transtar was purchased by Castle Metals. I moved to Connecticut to work for Castle’s Milford branch.  I was back in the warehouse as the warehouse supervisor. After 5 years at Castle Metals I wanted to go back to a more family orientated distributor. 

In 2009 I went to Metal Connections. None of us had job titles. We just did whatever was needed. Now I am here at Pennsylvania Steel as a loading supervisor. Another family owned business, The journey was worth the destination.

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Employee Spotlight: Rachel Humphrey

I began my career at Pennsylvania Steel back in July of 2002. I had previously worked for Penn Pipe Hanger as their Office Manager but the company had closed and as luck would have it PSC was looking for someone to work in their Accounting Department. I started out as an A/R Clerk and then gradually given more responsibilities that included many different aspects within the Accounting Department.

As my job functions continued to evolve, I welcomed the opportunity to take charge of the planning and organizing of Bensalem’s holiday party. I can honestly say it has been one of the rewarding parts of my job over the past 7 years, and absolutely love doing it.

My day to day role has become more focused towards Human Resources within the company. I really enjoy this side of the business because it lets me interact with the employees from all our 7 locations and outside resources relating to our employee benefits. This part of my job is always challenging. And by challenging I mean everything from trying to keep up with the ever changing healthcare industry to chasing down employees for their paperwork to be returned to me!

But in all seriousness, I am grateful for the experience I have learned here in my 13 years, as well as the wonderful team that I work alongside.

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Employee Spotlight: Jodi Sabara

I began my career at Pennsylvania Steel back in July of 2002. I had previously worked for Penn Pipe Hanger as their Office Manager but the company had closed and as luck would have it PSC was looking for someone to work in their Accounting Department.

I started out as an A/R Clerk and then gradually given more responsibilities that included many different aspects within the Accounting Department.

As my job functions continued to evolve, I welcomed the opportunity to take charge of the planning and organizing of Bensalem’s holiday party. I can honestly say it has been one of the rewarding parts of my job over the past 7 years, and absolutely love doing it.

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My day to day role has become more focused towards Human Resources within the company. I really enjoy this side of the business because it lets me interact with the employees from all our 7 locations and outside resources relating to our employee benefits. This part of my job is always challenging. And by challenging I mean everything from trying to keep up with the ever changing healthcare industry to chasing down employees for their paperwork to be returned to me!

But in all seriousness, I am grateful for the experience I have learned here in my 13 years, as well as the wonderful team that I work alongside.

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Employee Spotlight: Jessica Steed

I started with PA Steel in August of 2005. Fresh out of high school, looking only for supplemental income, I was hired at their entry level receptionist position. Just a few years later, I was promoted to Administrative Assistant of our President, Barry Walsh. In that role, I was fully immersed in the metals industry, helping him oversee and maintain the local MSCI organization, as well as handling the sales needs of our distributor accounts. This introduction into sales helped pave the way for my next big move: Inside Sales.

In 2008, at the height of the market crash, I was promoted to the position of Inside Sales. Joe Dombrowski, Sr. and I had a running joke–anytime he was in the office I would beg and plead for a Southern branch, and insisted if he ever opened one, I needed to be the first person to move.

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As a Florida native, it didn’t matter what I did, just that it was always my goal to return to the south and avoid the harsh winters of the north. Little did I know, 10 years down the road, we’d grow from two branches to seven, one of which would be my future home.

When offered the chance to move and take on a challenging new position, I jumped at the opportunity and haven’t looked back since. As the first Inside Sales Manager for the Richmond location, I am excited to help this branch grow, help the company delve into a new market, as well as make new friends and connections in the process.

I am a Yankee in spirit, southern at heart, and ready to infuse the two to take this branch to the next level!

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Internships Help Students Explore Career Options

Randolph-Macon College students Nicole Zuck ’16 andBashil Singh ’15, both economics/business majors, spent January Term (J-term) putting into practice what they’ve learned in class. Zuck and Singh did internships—arranged through R-MC’s Bassett Internship program—at Pennsylvania Steel in Ashland, Virginia.

Working under the guidance of Chris Keiser, general manager of PA Steel’s Richmond division, Zuck and Singh helped increase the company’s customer base; determined the average amount that customers spend; and tracked the frequency of customers’ purchases. They also used online marketing tools—including social media—to increase the company’s exposure.

Internship Skills = Career Choices

Zuck, from Lovettsville, Virginia, said the internship was a great way to kick-start her future plans. She hopes to have a career in marketing.

“An internship provides networking opportunities that will be valuable for many years,” says Zuck, a member of the Honors program. “Internships are useful for figuring out what you enjoy—or don’t enjoy. My month at PA Steel prepared me for future jobs because it showed me what it’s like to work with a team, manage projects and brainstorm.”

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Singh, an international studies minor from Kathmandu, Nepal, decided to major in business because of the flexibility it offers.

“I will have a wide variety of career choices to choose from,” he says. “My major and minor combined will help me communicate and work together with others in a highly diversified world.” Interning at PA Steel, he says, gave him a glimpse into life after college. “I had the opportunity to see how an organization operates,” he says. “I also learned to be flexible and be ready to handle any sort of task given to me.” Singh, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, plans on working for a year after college and then attending graduate school. No matter where life takes him, he knows he’ll stay connected to Randolph-Macon College.

“I have met so many people in my years at R-MC,” he says. “As an international student, I’m especially thankful that the Randolph-Macon community helped me transition to life in the U.S. and make such great friends.”

Mentorship

Keiser enjoyed mentoring Zuck and Bashil, and says his only regret is that the internships lasted just a month.

“Nicole and Bashil were great to be around,” says Keiser, who told Zuck and Singh that networking and relationships are key components of a successful company. “It was interesting to have two people with little knowledge of our business develop a marketing program for us. It was great to have young, energetic and unbiased minds come into our business and introduce new ideas. Nicole and Bashil demonstrated to me that Randolph-Macon is doing a great job educating its students.”

Under his guidance, Zuck and Singh developed a flyer to increase the company’s exposure and its Facebook followers.

“We also offered Facebook followers a chance to win NASCAR tickets for anyone who ‘liked’ our page,” explains Keiser. “Nicole and Bashil increased our fan base by more than 100 people. There is so much more we could have done, but the clock just ran out. Nicole and Bashil were really becoming part of the team and we enjoyed having them. I am certain they will achieve success in whatever they choose to do.”

January Term

R-MC’s popular J-term offers something for everyone. For some students, that something is a chance to travel to destinations around the world and immerse themselves in other cultures. J-termers have studied evolution and conservation in the Galapagos Islands, Central American culture in Costa Rica, the history of mathematics in England, and have helped build homes in El Salvador.

Other students dedicate the month to internships. R-MC’s Bassett Internship program offers academic credit and connects students with tailor-made internships to explore a wide range of career fields in various geographic locations.

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Pennsylvania Steel Company Scholarship

We at Pennsylvania Steel Company are passionate about contributing to young adults’ continued education. That’s why we created the PA Steel Company Scholarship. Every year we choose a student who has shown exemplary leadership, skill, and dedication to their future career and community.

This year, we are pleased to announce that Anthony Visco has been awarded The Pennsylvania Steel Company, Inc. Scholarship. He will receive $5000 towards his education in Neuroscience at Rutgers University. He is the son of Christina Weiss, an outstanding employee and overall wonderful person from PA Steels’ Bensalem office.

Congratulations to Anthony and his family! We wish him all the luck in his academic career.

Check back next year for more information regarding the Pennsylvania Steel Company Scholarship.

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