Alcoa’s Michelle O’Neill Elected as Association’s Second Vice Chairman
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Aluminum Association today announced membership growth, additions to its board, and the election of a new member to its leadership team. The announcements were made during Aluminum Week 2014: “Driving Modern Manufacturing”—the Aluminum Association’s annual meeting.
The newly announced member companies are A J Charnaud & Co, Fromm Packaging Systems, Herkules North America and Herr-Voss Stamco. Expanding its leadership team, the trade group elected Michelle O’Neill, Alcoa’s Vice President of Government Affairs and Trade Policy, as its Second Vice Chairman.
“Aluminum is vital to the U.S. manufacturing sector, which is absolutely fundamental to the strength of the U.S. economy,” said Aluminum Association Chairman Layle “Kip” Smith, President and CEO of Noranda Aluminum. “Our industry is poised for strong, sustained expansion. The Association’s membership growth and this expanded leadership team advance our capabilities to capture the myriad opportunities ahead.”
Commenting on the election of Michelle O’Neill to the newly created role of second Vice Chairman, Aluminum Association President & CEO Heidi Brock said “She is one of the top minds in the metals industry and a highly respected voice in Washington, D.C. We’re incredibly fortunate to have her on our leadership team as we work to expand our advocacy efforts and policy footprint.”
Aluminum Week 2014 focused on Aluminum’s impressive demand fundamentals, as well as industry investment in the U.S. Since 2013, the aluminum industry has announced domestic plant expansions expected to generate nearly $1.4 billion of investment and to create more than 1,000 full-time and temporary U.S. jobs. This surge in investment is primarily intended to meet projected automotive sector demand growth.
Member company additions will bring total membership to 98 companies consisting of 48 producer members and 50 associate, or supplier, members. The new companies announced:
Expanded Leadership Team
The Aluminum Association also approved the nomination of Michelle O’Neill, Vice President of Government Affairs and Trade Policy for Alcoa. Ms. O’Neill will join Association Chairman Kip Smith and Vice Chairman Garney Scott, President & CEO of Scepter, Inc. on the Association’s leadership team – providing strategic guidance and direction on Association activities.
Ms. O’Neill serves as the Alcoa’s top government liaison executive in Washington, D.C., leading the company’s federal and state government affairs activities. She previously served as the Deputy Undersecretary for International Trade at the Commerce Department and was recognized with the 2012 Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, the nation's highest civil service award, for outstanding achievement in public service.
New Board Members
Members named to the Board of Directors Class of 2017 were:
Additionally, the Association named two new members to the Board Class of 2015:
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The Aluminum Association represents U.S. and foreign-based companies and their suppliers throughout the value chain, from primary production to value added products to recycling. The Association is the industry’s leading voice, providing global standards, business intelligence, sustainability research and industry expertise to member companies, policymakers and the general public. The aluminum industry helps manufacturers produce sustainable and innovative products, including more fuel efficient vehicles, recyclable packaging, greener buildings and modern electronics. In the U.S., the aluminum industry creates $152 billion in economic activity. For more information visit www.Aluminum.org, on Twitter @AluminumNews or at Facebook.com/AluminumAssociation.