Brian Robbins named 2017 Steel Man of the Year

Posted January 29, 2018

The Association of Steel Distributors (ASD) is proud to announce that Brian D. Robbins, CEO of MidWest Materials, has received the 2017 Steel Man of the Year Award. Since 1956, this award has recognized individuals who have made lasting contributions to the steel distribution industry over a significant period of time, and it is the most distinguished honor in the industry.

Upon receiving the award, Robbins felt humbled to become part of this rich legacy. “I am honored to be chosen for this prestigious award. My family has been associated with the steel industry for more than 65 years, and it is humbling to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather, Joseph Koppelman, founder of MidWest Materials, who was one of the earliest members of the ASD and served as its president 50 years ago,” Robbins said, “I look forward to continue working with the FMA (Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International) and ASD to promote another active year of growth, education, communication and furthering friendships.”

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Appointment of Rob Loveman

Posted August 30, 2017

MidWest Materials is proud to announce the appointment of Rob Loveman as Director of Sales, Plate Products.  Loveman has over 25 years experience in the steel industry serving as Executive Vice-President of Loveman Steel Corporation.

Loveman is excited about MidWest’s commitment to expanding its offerings in steel plate products. “With MidWest’s stretch leveling capabilities we can deliver memory-free steel plate .640” thick, up to 100” wide and 54’ long. We stock high strength, weather bearing and pressure vessel materials perfect for many industries,” stated Loveman. MidWest Materials supplies sheet and plate cut to size, shape, or drawings.

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MidWest Materials Leaders Named Finalists For Several Prestigious Awards

Posted May 01, 2017

March 29, 2017 - Brian D. Robbins, CEO (left), and Noreen Koppelman-Goldstein, President (right), have both been chosen as finalists for Platts Global Metals Awards for CEO of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively. Finalists were chosen from over 100 nominations and will be judged by a panel of international experts. Winners of the 2017 Global Metals Awards will be announced at a black-tie dinner in London in May.

MidWest Materials is also honored to be a finalist for American Metal Market’s Awards for Steel Excellence in the category of Service Center of the Year. AMM, for the eighth year in a row, will honor innovation and excellence in the steel industry in 17 distinct categories. Finalist will be judged by a panel with extensive steel industry leadership experience and winners will be announced at a celebration in New York City in June. 

Noreen Koppelman-Goldstein is the daughter of co-founder Joseph Koppelman and Brian D. Robbins represents the third generation of his family to lead MidWest Materials, which is proudly celebrating its 65th Anniversary this year. 

“We are extremely proud of being a part of a very impressive group of finalists for each of these awards,” stated Mr. Robbins.  “We recognize that we could not achieve these honors without the great efforts of MidWest Materials’ dedicated management team and employees; we are grateful for all their support.” 

MidWest Named Winner in the 2016 Platts Global Metals Awards

Posted May 19, 2016


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American Metal Market 2015 Steel Service Center of The Year Finalist

Posted May 22, 2015

"This year we received a record number of outstanding nominations from accross the steel supply chain and from those who supply critical services to the steel industry," said Bristol Voss, AMM editor-in-chief. "Nearly 80 nominations were received, our largest number to date. We believe these finalists represent the highest-achieving companies of the recent past in their respective industry segments."

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