TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2015 /CNW/ – Russel Metals Inc. (RUS – TSX) today announced that Ken Wallewein will succeed Don White as President of Apex Distribution Inc. Don White, one of the original founders of Apex Distribution, will retire on December 31, 2015.
Apex Distribution and related companies were purchased by Russel Metals in November, 2012. Ken Wallewein started with Apex Distribution in 2004 as the Estevan branch General Manager, was promoted to Regional General Manager Saskatchewan and most recently was appointed President of Apex Western Fiberglass. Ken will report to John Reid, the Chief Operating Officer of Russel Metals.
Brian R. Hedges, President and CEO commented, “As a leader Don inspired people, one person at a time. His common sense, wisdom, ability to assess business opportunities and recruit strong people developed a culture and achieved a level of success that has won many accolades externally and internally at both Russel Metals and Apex Distribution. Throughout Don's time with Apex he was well respected for his business sense, approachable demeanor, innovative ideas, and high level of integrity. We thank him for his immense contribution in helping make Apex the success it is today.”
Mr. Hedges further commented, “Ken has a high energy can-do attitude and leads with a practical direct approach. He assesses business situations quickly and is perceptive in managing employees, customers and vendors alike. We know that Ken's outstanding leadership abilities, strategic thinking, business acumen and operational expertise will ensure a seamless transition in leading Apex.”
About Russel Metals
Russel Metals is one of the largest metals distribution companies in North America. It carries on business in three metals distribution segments: metals service centers, energy products and steel distributors, under various names including Russel Metals, A.J. Forsyth, Acier Leroux, Acier Loubier, Alberta Industrial Metals, Apex Distribution, Apex Monarch, Apex Remington, Apex Western Fiberglass, Arrow Steel Processors, B&T Steel, Baldwin International, Comco Pipe and Supply, Fedmet Tubulars, JMS Russel Metals, Leroux Steel, McCabe Steel, Mégantic Métal, Métaux Russel, Métaux Russel Produits Spécialisés, Milspec, Norton Metals, Pioneer Pipe, Russel Metals Specialty Products, Russel Metals Williams Bahcall, Siemens Laserworks, Spartan Energy Tubulars, Sunbelt Group, Triumph Tubular & Supply, Wirth Steel and York-Ennis.
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