Unity Aluminum, Ashland, Ky., has appointed Barry Schneider to its board of directors, effective January 1. Schneider has decades of experience in the metals industry, including mill startups. He serves as senior vice president - Flat Roll Group for Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Schneider joined SDI in 1995 and was a key member of the company’s startup operations, resulting in construction of its first steel mill. Since then, he has successfully managed the startup of seven additional facilities.
He also serves on the boards of the Association of Iron & Steel Technology and United Steel Supply.
“Unity Aluminum is excited to welcome Barry Schneider to the team,” said Charles Price, chairman of the Unity Aluminum board of directors. “His hands-on experience in mill startups and management will translate into valuable governance and oversight for our shareholders.”
Schneider is impressed with Unity Aluminum, as well. “The senior leadership team has worked tirelessly to put this company on the path to success and establish a results-oriented team culture,” he said. “I’m eager to contribute to this on-shoring comeback that is vital to the global aluminum industry and our national interests.”
Unity Aluminum’s first project, an aluminum rolling mill in eastern Kentucky, is projected to generate more than 1,000 construction jobs, 550 full-time mill jobs and thousands of indirect jobs and additional investments in the region.
"Over the past year, the Unity team has been hard at work ensuring that this facility - a vital part of the global aluminum supply chain - will move forward in Ashland, Ky.," said Unity Aluminum’s President and CEO Don Foster. “Barry’s extensive experience in successful manufacturing startups and facility expansions will be extremely beneficial to our efforts.”