Ameriforge Group Names New EVP/COO

Keith Woodland retiring from Steel Industries


Keith Woodland, is retiring as president of Steel Industries Inc. at the end of 2007, but has agreed to remain with the parent company Ameriforge Group indefinitely, as an advisor.

Also, Ameriforge named Drew Baker as the new executive vice president of the Ameriforge Aerospace business unit, and president of Steel Industries.

Baker joined Steel Industries in 2006 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. He had been president of Bering Inspection Inc. before that firm was acquired by The Timken Co. in 2005.

Steel Industries produces custom open-die forgings and seamless rolled rings in Redford Township, MI, and also has commercial heat-treating operations. Its customers are manufacturers of power generation equipment, oil and gas service components, industrial machinery, machine tools, and construction and transportation equipment.

Ameriforge is a forging holding company for operations in three markets: aircraft and aerospace, power-generation equipment, and oil and gas equipment. It performs a range of manufacturing capabilities, including design, forging, heat-treating, precision machining, specialized welding, component assembly, and testing.

"I have enjoyed being a part of an exceptional team of people dedicated to growing with and providing the best service to our customers," Woodland stated. "It has been a lot of fun to see the changes and ideas becoming reality -- the success in new markets and with new products, the plant expansions undertaken, and development of an industry-leading safe work environment for our employees."

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