March 5, 2014
Jones to Retire from O'Neal Industries
O'Neal Industries Vice Chairman Bill Jones will retire at the end of June. Jones has been with the Birmingham, Ala.-based company, the nation’s largest family-owned service center operation, for 38 years.
Holman Head, currently president and CEO of O'Neal Steel, will be promoted to president and chief operating officer of O'Neal Industries. Concurrently, Stephen Armstrong, now vice president of administration at O'Neal Steel, will become president and CEO of that company. Both changes will be effective April 1.
Jones joined O'Neal Steel in the inside sales department in 1976. He served in a variety of positions during his career, becoming vice president in 1990, an executive vice president in 1993 and the president in 2000.
In 2005, Jones was tabbed as the Service Center Executive of the Year by Metal Center News. He's the third MCN Executive of the Year to retire in the last 12 months, following Wayne Bassett of Samuel, Son & Co., and Norman Gottschalk of Marmon/Keystone.
In 2009, Jones was named president of the newly formed O’Neal Industries, the parent company of O'Neal Steel and its affiliate companies. He has oversight of the company's Industrial Metals Group, which includes O'Neal Steel, O’Neal Manufacturing Services, O’Neal Flat Rolled Metals and Leeco Steel.
"Bill's impact on our company, industry and community has been immense," says Craft O’Neal, chairman and CEO of ONI. "He was a key member of the team that would grow O'Neal Steel into one of the largest and most respected metals service centers in the country. The success of O'Neal Steel led to a diversification strategy beginning in the early ’90s, which resulted in 20 acquisitions and expansion into more than 20 new facilities."
In addition to his leadership and many achievements at O'Neal, Jones has contributed generously to his industry and his community. Notably, he served as chairman of the Metals Service Center Institute, the industry trade association, as well as the United Way of Central Alabama, among many other charitable and philanthropic causes.
"The respect earned by Bill during his career for his leadership, work ethic and integrity cannot be overstated," says O'Neal. "For those of us who have had the opportunity to work alongside him, it has been an honor and a privilege."