Tom Barnett, our CEO, has announced his retirement effective
on September 1, 2009. Tom was the first day to day operations
executive of the company formed by Fort Wayne entrepreneur
Jerry Henry, Jr. in 1996.
Under Tom's guidance and
management, Paragon Steel now has two plants in Butler
totaling 240,000 s/f with three slitters and a cut-to-length
line. The administrative offices moved to Butler in 2008
Dave Stouder, COO, has been
announced as Tom's replacement by our President, Jerry F.
Henry Jr. Dave, a native of Fort Wayne, brings an
enormous amount of Steel and management experience to Paragon
Steel, as a regional manager for two large multiple
location steel service centers. He joined Jerry's
Midwest Pipe and Steel in 2005 .
We wish Tom and his family
continued success in his retirement as well as Dave's continued
success as Paragon Steel continues to move forward.