Universal Stainless CEO honored in Finland

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc.’s chairman, president and CEO, Dennis M. Oates, has been named the Stainless Steel Executive of 2018 at the 17th Annual Stainless & Special Steel Conference in Helsinki, Finland, which took place on September 18th to 20th.

The award recognizes industry professionals who have made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the stainless and specialty steel industry, and was sponsored by Metal Bulletin and Steel & Metals Market Research (SMR).

“I am honored and humbled to accept this award. It has all been made possible for me by the outstanding dedication of our employees and their families, our committed Board of Directors, our loyal customers and stockholders, my family and countless friends and mentors,â€? Oates commented, “I sincerely thank them all.â€?

Oates has been working in the industry for more than 40 years, and has held leadership roles at companies such as Lukens Steel, Connell LP, TW Metals, Carpenter Technology, and now Universal Stainless.

“Denny is an outstanding personality and a hands-on CEO who always strikes the right balance between the big strategic picture, trouble-shooting daily operations and inspiring his entire team,â€? said Markus Moll, managing director of SMR, during the award presentation. “That’s why Denny has been selected unanimously by our panel of seven global industry leaders as Stainless Steel Executive of the year 2018.â€?

Since Mr. Oates joined Universal Stainless 10 years ago, the company has invested in new technology to improve operations and significantly expand the company’s product portfolio to include more re-melted and finished products and vacuum induction melted premium products, including nickel and alloys.