Michael Smith Named COO at Tampa Tank Inc.- Florida Structural Steel

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Former Navistar VP of Operations responsible for development of short- and long-term safety and quality improvement strategies and implementation

[Mike's] broad experience in Lean implementation, for which he's been [widely] recognized... brings a bright, new perspective to our quality improvement efforts.

Michael Smith has joined TTI-FSS as chief operating officer responsible for the development of short- and long-term programs and strategies designed to improve safety, quality and on-time deliveries. He reports directly to CEO David Hale, who, in announcing the new position, said, “I’m pleased to welcome Mike Smith to our team. His broad experience in Lean implementation, for which he’s been recognized by such organizations as the Defense Logistics Agency and the National Safety Congress throughout his career, brings a bright, new perspective to our quality improvement efforts.”

Mr. Smith added, “I am proud to be a part of the TTI-FSS team. Brand recognition and partner relationships have propelled TTI-FSS' success for over six decades. With our continuing growth, our focus will be to develop a high performance culture in a spirit of continuous improvement toward our quest for True North.”

Mr. Smith spent nearly 20 years with Navistar, a leading international manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles and engines, where he rose from Next Generation Vehicle program manager in their Springfield, Ohio, facility to vice president of operations in Lexington, Kentucky. During his tenure, he held such positions as defense plant manager, plant manager for commercial distribution, distribution operations manager and operational excellence manager in Navistar facilities around the country. Along the way, he obtained a masters certificate in project management from the University of Wisconsin, Lean Enterprise Design certification from the University of Tennessee and his Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification from Qualtec. While at Navistar, his team was recognized as best in the nation for safety and productivity in 2012 by the National Safety Council (NSC), as the highest performing distribution center as one of 12 regional centers serving 1,000 dealerships in 2010 and was featured in Core Media’s Safety as a Value DVD as one of the best safety programs in the nation, among numerous other state, national and international industry quality improvement and safety program acknowledgments.

Mr. Smith earned an MBA from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon, and a BA in business management and humanities from Antioch University Midwest, Yellow Springs, Ohio.

About Tampa tank Inc. – Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)
Tampa Tank Inc. and Florida Structural Steel (formerly Florida Miscellaneous Steel Company) have been in the industrial steel business for more than 60 years. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and wastewater industries. TTI-FSS is a major participant in the fabrication of major and minor bridges, including fracture-critical, movables and railroad, as well as standard plate girder and box girder bridges. With our sophisticated paint endorsement, we can provide modular steel fabrications and structural steel components for the commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors. The company operates across North America, Central and South America, and in the Caribbean, including Bermuda, the Bahamas, Suriname and Guyana. TTI-FSS is capable of shipping every possible option, including massive products, from its deep-water port. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.tti-fss.com.

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