Employee Spotlight: Jonathon Albert

We would like to welcome Jonathon Albert to Pennsylvania Steel. Jonathon has been promoted to General Manager of our York Division. Jonathan has been in the Service Center Industry since 2006 and has held numerous positions, including Business Development, Inside Sales, Manager of Business Operations and Contracts, and Regional Controller. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Clarion University, a master’s degree in Accounting from Mercer University, and earned his MBA from The University of Louisville. Welcome to the team!

Sean Wenhold New NC General Manager

Pa Steel would like to congratulate Sean Wenhold on becoming General Manager of our North Carolina and Virginia offices. Sean is an experienced Sales Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the steel distribution and manufacturing industries. We are proud to see Sean advance and grow his already substantial financial, business, and operational management skills and sales knowledge. As of July 6th, 2021, you will find Sean in Pennsylvania Steel Company’s Stanley office in North Carolina. Congratulations to Sean and welcome to North Carolina.
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Employee Spotlight: Melanie Morril

I started at Pennsylvania Steel New England in 2009.  My initial responsibilities included billing, shipping & allocating, and receiving.  Because of these various duties, I was able to learn about Pennsylvania Steel’s products and its operation.

Shortly after that, I was promoted to Office Manager, responsible for accounting, and hiring staff to fulfill the billing, shipping & allocating, and reception positions expanding our PSC New England family.  Eventually, my position also evolved to include HR responsibilities.

As Office Manager, I also have the opportunity to work with Tony Luongo our GM and be involved in many projects ranging with OSHA Safety Manual, IT and DOT.  PSC New England recently obtained its ISO 9001: 2008 certification and am a proud participate in the ISO Core Group and am an Internal Auditor.

I feel very fortunate to work at Pennsylvania Steel Company.  My co-workers at PSC New England are a hardworking, humorous and supportive group, which makes working at Pennsylvania Steel so enjoyable. I am grateful and enthusiastic about being part of this growing company and look forward to the new challenges each day brings.

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Employee Spotlight: Kathleen Esposito

I started my metal career at Davidson Aluminum in 1995.  I was hired for the shipping and receiving department, where I was responsible for shippers and certifications.  I stayed with Davidson until they closed their doors in 1999. I was offered a similar position at Transtar Metals, who had purchased one of the Davidson companies. I stayed with them until they relocated to Connecticut.  Afterwards, I moved on to work for New England Motor Freight, where I gained experience in trucking for a few years.  

In 2006 I received a call from John and Joe from Metal Connections asking me to join their team/family. I had previously worked with both of them at Davidson Aluminum. There, I took on a role in the shipping department. Little by little they taught me the sales end of the metal business.

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It took a while to gather the confidence and knowledge required to be in sales, due to the fact that I had worked primarily in the warehouse. I was surprised by how much I knew about metal and the time and effort it takes to process the material.  Through trial and error, I learned my sales skills, of which I am proud of. 

In 2012, Pennsylvania Steel Company, Inc. purchased Metal Connections. John had spoken to us before he sold the business and explained that by joining a bigger, family owned company, we would have more opportunity and security in the future. I decided to join a bigger team/family which I am happy to be part of.

As the senior sales person in Long Island, I get to be a part of the challenge and opportunity to help build a company that will last a long time. I hope to continue to be able to represent and call Pennsylvania Steel my home for many years.  

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I started my metal career at Davidson Aluminum in 1995.  I was hired for the shipping and receiving department, where I was responsible for shippers and certifications.  I stayed with Davidson until they closed their doors in 1999. I was offered a similar position at Transtar Metals, who had purchased one of the Davidson companies. I stayed with them until they relocated to Connecticut.  Afterwards, I moved on to work for New England Motor Freight, where I gained experience in trucking for a few years.  

In 2006 I received a call from John and Joe from Metal Connections asking me to join their team/family. I had previously worked with both of them at Davidson Aluminum. There, I took on a role in the shipping department. Little by little they taught me the sales end of the metal business. It took a while to gather the confidence and knowledge required to be in sales, due to the fact that I had worked primarily in the warehouse. I was surprised by how much I knew about metal and the time and effort it takes to process the material.  Through trial and error, I learned my sales skills, of which I am proud of. 

In 2012, Pennsylvania Steel Company, Inc. purchased Metal Connections. John had spoken to us before he sold the business and explained that by joining a bigger, family owned company, we would have more opportunity and security in the future. I decided to join a bigger team/family which I am happy to be part of.  As the senior sales person in Long Island, I get to be a part of the challenge and opportunity to help build a company that will last a long time. I hope to continue to be able to represent and call Pennsylvania Steel my home for many years.  

Employee Spotlight: Robert W. Wagner

I  was referred to a job at a family-run business, Bethlehem Aluminum, by my father-in-law Richard Stoudt, where he was also referred by his father-in-law Harvey Schwenger. I joined the Bethlehem Aluminum team in 1988 as a 3rd generation employee! My first position was material handling, forklift operator, and crane operation. I soon began filling orders, fabricating and maintaining equipment which consists of a 12ft shear am aluminum chop saw and a uni-point radial arm saw. My fellow employees began calling me “Doc” as I was the go-to guy when anything required adjustment/repair. Later our company purchased a new saw called a metal saw; a precision cut saw. While operating these machines, I was asked by the president, Bob Burdette, to begin driving trucks for deliveries. I delivered aluminum for 5 years. An advancement became available within the company, one they felt I would be the best candidate, due to my knowledge and experience in the warehouse. I strictly ran the metal saw which happened to be the most valuable saw in the plant.

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In 2004 I recommended that the company hire my son, Robert N. Wagner and Robbie became the 4th generation in my family to work for Bethlehem Aluminum.

In 2007 Pennsylvania Steel, another family owned company, bought Bethlehem Aluminum. PA Steel retained all employees, and also purchased 4 other companies selling various metal products. At our location, we began stocking not only aluminum, but also steel products. Very soon we outgrew our facility on busy Hamilton St in Allentown, and we relocated to Whitehall, PA. In our new location, we upgraded to a larger metal saw, and I was the chief operator. After 28 years everyone still calls me Doc and I am proud to call Pennsylvania Steel my home and employer.

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Gary Hoadley, Warehouseman

I started at Pennsylvania Steel Company in June of 1995 after having worked in the restaurant business for 7-1/2 years.  I came to the company with no prior knowledge of steel, or the industry.

I began working in the warehouse pulling orders and loading/unloading trucks as well as learning how to operate the saws.  Within 2 years. I became 2nd Shift Supervisor, a position that I held for 5 years. A spot opened up on the day shift for me and shortly thereafter I was made Day Shift Supervisor, which I held for nearly 13 years.  During that time, I worked in sales for a short while, where I decided I was best suited for the warehouse. Also, throughout this time, I held a part-time position in the Operations Department.

I am currently an ISO Auditor for the Bensalem branch and have recently starting driving and making deliveries while maintaining my position in the warehouse.

When I started working at PA Steel we were a 1 branch, 4 truck company. I have enjoyed watching Pennsylvania Steel’s expansion throughout the years to become the company that it is today. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for us.

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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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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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