May 11, 2016

Obituary: Cyron Dennen

Long-time steel industry veteran and Dennen Steel Supply Co. founder Cyron Dennen passed away in February in Miami Beach. He was 98.

The Chicago native served in the Battle of the Bulge as a member of the U.S. Army. He returned to Grand Rapids, Mich., after the war and went to work for an aluminum smelter, selling surplus rail carloads of aluminum scrap to factories in Western Michigan.

Armed with funds saved from his army service, and $3,000 borrowed, he founded Dennen Steel Supply Co. in 1947. Under his leadership, the company grew from a Quonset hut to the current 175,000-square-foot operation in Grand Rapids. He sold the business in 1976 after 30 years of operation, though son Andrew Dennen and brother Philmore later reacquired the liquidated business in 1982. Andrew Dennen continues to operate Dennen Steel Corp., with operations in Grand Rapids and Burns Harbor, Ind.

In addition to his work with Dennen Steel, he also helped form the Economic Development Corp. of Grand Rapids, spurring the redevelopment of the downtown area.


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