Michael Stier Named Vice President/General Manager for Western Region of Hydro Aluminum’s Extrusion North America Unit

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Hydro Aluminum Adds Veteran Leadership in Western U.S.

Hydro Aluminum (http://www.hydro.com/northamerica) has hired industry veteran Michael Stier to lead business operations for the company’s Western Region. He will be based at Hydro’s Phoenix facility and report directly to Extrusion North America President Matthew Dionne. Stier will oversee all aspects of Hydro’s operations in Phoenix and in Guaymas, Mexico, including safety, growth and performance. He will also assume responsibility for extending the company’s initiatives in the solar energy field.

“We believe Mike can apply his proven skills for business growth and operational improvement to expand Hydro’s presence and provide even better service to customers in the West,” said Dionne. “We have the manufacturing, engineering and service resources in place to lead the region. Mike’s leadership will ensure that customers can leverage these assets to their advantage through closer relationships and outstanding support.”

Stier comes to Hydro from Alcoa Electrical and Electronic Solutions (AEES). He joined Alcoa in 1989 and worked his way up to Vice President – Corporate Strategy and Development. He has directed international sales, engineering, and manufacturing operations, leading his units to significant growth. He held senior executive positions in the company’s wire, automotive and commercial transportation divisions, and has served on several AEES boards.

After earning his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1986, Stier joined the Cadillac division of General Motors as a design engineer. He is a graduate of several advanced leadership, management and lean manufacturing programs.

About Hydro
Extrusion Americas is a unit of Norsk Hydro, a global supplier of aluminum and aluminum products. Based in Norway, the company employs 23,000 people in 40 countries and has activities on all continents. Hydro is the world’s third-largest aluminum supplier, the largest single manufacturer of primary metal and extruded aluminum products in Europe, and a leader in delivering innovative light metal solutions to the automotive and building industries worldwide.

In North America, Hydro provides aluminum solutions including supply sourcing, extrusion, finishing, and fabrication of components, as well as engineering and contract manufacturing services, for a variety of industries.

http://www.hydro.com/northamerica

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