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Grand Steel Transitions to Second Generation of Leadership

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Grand Steel Products has transitioned to the next generation of leadership. Michael Barnett has been appointed president and chief operating officer of the Wixom, Mich.-based service center. Company founder Jim Barnett is stepping down from those positions.

“It is with great pleasure, excitement and confidence that I announce that Michael Barnett has been appointed president and COO of Grand Steel Products Inc.,” said Jim Barnett, who will remain with the company in a chairman's role. “Michael has spearheaded the sales growth of GSP for the last 10 years, while learning the nuances of the steel distribution business from purchasing, production, transportation, accounting and all the aspects in between.”

Grand Steel Productions inventories a complete line of hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated material. GSP supplies material to a diverse range of industries, including construction, automotive, mining, agriculture, furniture and others.  

After graduating from Western Michigan University in 2003 with a degree in finance and economics, Mike started his professional career in the finance world. After a few years in sales, he was fast-tracked into a management program. During that tenure, he was encouraged by his father to join Grand Steel Products, which he did in early 2006.

Mike has overseen the growth of Grand Steel Products, including the purchase of an operations building in 2008, purchase and installation of a slitting line in 2011, and office renovations and additions in 2014, among other purchases and acquisitions. Mike also assisted in the formation of Barnett Industrial Properties and Grand Steel Transport, where he is a partner.

Steel industry veteran Jim Barnett founded Grand Steel Products in 1995. He has been a leader in the Association of Steel Distributors, serving as the group’s president and earnings its Steel Man of the Year award in 2013.

Mike Barnett has also been active with the ASD, where he has served on the board since 2013.  

“Mike is a champion for a strong domestic steel industry and the growth of domestic manufacturing, working hard every day to promote the strength, growth, and change needed to sustain this and attending many industry events,” Jim Barnett said.