Summit Steel Corporation Shines Bright in the Rust Belt

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Men of Steel. Ross and Jason Bushman are two generations leading Summit Steel Corporation to triple growth in 2011. With a dynamic team of professionals leveraging vision, knowledge and resources, this industry leader's steep climb is one to watch.

The global steel industry will reach values over $937 billion in 2010 …and as emerging economies develop, steel consumption will follow producing a solid growth market for this vital commodity.

Summit Steel Corporation is polishing up its gleaming quarter century reputation, amassing a sturdy troop of talent, and gearing for growth from its new headquarters in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Summit Steel Corporation shines bright, amidst a regional junkyard of decaying efforts and tarnished dreams, in the Midwestern Rust Belt.

Positioning itself for triple growth this year, Summit Steel Corporation has aggressive plans to attract a global alliance of innovators and specialized manufacturers to their solutions-driven steel distribution services and reliable network of precision resources. Theirs is an agile, fluid, responsive and results-driven growth strategy.

Drawing proven talents from other industry disciplines instantly expands Summit Steel Corporation's network connections. With first-hand knowledge and experience in global research and trading, former Wall Street executive Joe Baudo joined the company in June 2010 as Chief Operating Officer. Baudo has designed an organic growth architecture extending from the company's established steel distribution core.

Each of Summit Steel Corporation's hand-picked Account Executives brings experience and perspective from other industries, where equipment and raw materials rely on steel, including construction, transportation and the food industry. They bring a working knowledge of opportunities for end-uses and innovations in steel work and manufacturing. And Summit Steel Corporation is actively seeking to add to their ranks.

When other businesses are closing or contracting, this closely-held, specialized steel distribution and processing company is expanding. How? Ross Bushman.

Bushman's bloodline flows from two generations before him, steeped in the area's historic steel empire. Here in the Midwest Core - a four-state region comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania - is where more than sixty percent of total U.S. steel production was concentrated for the bulk of the twentieth century.

At BXM Steel, a steel distribution business owned by his father, Al, Bushman acquired fluency in steel. Beginning as a steel warehouse worker, and delivering material to clients as a truck driver, Bushman has always been involved in both inside and outside sales. Simultaneously, he gained a business education at Cleveland Community College. As new technologies and the rise of mini-mills led to regional shifts in steel production, Bushman realized the need for a new approach.

It was 1985, in an environment of economic recession, steel giants' plant closings, and a devastating decline in the domestic automobile industry, when a dynamic, determined and dauntless Ross Bushman founded Summit Steel Corporation. While everyone else was cashing out, Bushman was going all in.

Single-handedly and determinedly, he defied the obstacles slaying the steel Goliaths, and scaled the metaphorical mountain, graphically portrayed in the Summit Steel Corporation logo. In 1995, Bushman's son, Jason, joined Summit Steel Corporation - and together, they have pushed their steel distribution and processing company to greater heights.

Now, the Bushman family's third and fourth generations stand side-by-side, implementing initiatives to conquer the next peak in Summit Steel Corporation's growth - while many others wait for more ideal conditions. Skilled climbers all: they read the mountain, find its niches, and apply individual, well-developed strengths to distinguish Summit Steel Corporation from the rest.

Perhaps, the Bushman team already senses what the Steel Markets Analysis, Financials and Forecasts 2010-2020 report by Visiongain, an independent business information provider, reveals: "The global steel industry will reach values over $937 billion in 2010 …and as emerging economies develop, steel consumption will follow producing a solid growth market for this vital commodity." Whatever happens in 2010 and beyond, Summit Steel Corporation is poised for success.

The only certainty at this time is that Summit Steel Corporation is continuing to increase its steel distribution and processing sales and service force. Now, having outgrown its Auburn Township offices, the company is relocating corporate headquarters to Chagrin Falls, Ohio. In the beautifully quaint setting of this Cleveland suburb, a gentle giant - set to bolster the area economy and forge a global stronghold - has established base camp.

Ross Bushman, President/Owner
Jason Bushman, Vice-President/Owner
Joe Baudo, Chief Operating Officer

Rick Kammer, Account Executive
Mark Piunno, Account Executive
James Scheuermann, Account Executive
Stephen Tomaselli, Account Executive

Nick Grano, Operations Manager
Mike Sizler, Quality Manager


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