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Jelani Rucker serves as VP of Marketing and Business Development for the Zekelman Industries, managing marketing, new business and strategic relationships across the entire Zekelman Industries product portfolio. With more than 15 years of leadership experience in business operations, management, sales and marketing, he has held senior positions at Lucent Technologies, BCI Communications and TESSCO Inc. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and a master’s degree in technical management from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Contractors Favor American-made Steel Pipe

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American-made products are a hot button when people are out of work, when the economy is sluggish, during election season and so on. The perception, and reality, is that domestic companies do more for the U.S. economy and American jobs than foreign companies. While fair competition is what this country was founded on, the upheaval of imports and decrease in exports have greatly impacted domestic manufacturers like Wheatland Tube. We've even gone to Congress to testify against unfairly priced foreign steel and have been successful. The recent resurgence of Made in the USA has become critical to Wheatland's job creation and new business expansion as dumped imports present a real threat to U.S. manufacturing.

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Not Your Father’s Stodgy Steel Company

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We are thrilled to announce that our office in downtown Chicago has been selected as one of Chicago’s Coolest Offices by Crain’s Chicago Business. The 29,000 square foot office has served as the JMC Steel Group headquarters since 2011 and cleverly integrates division products into a space where manufacturing meetings modern.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Speaks at Wheatland Tube

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We recently celebrated our two year anniversary in Chicago with a guided tour, luncheon and visit from Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the South Side Wheatland Tube manufacturing facility. Mayor Emanuel gave a speech highlighting Wheatland Tube's contribution to local economic growth, after remarks from JMC's CEO, Barry Zekelman, who spoke to the company's role in strengthening Chicago's workforce.

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SteelDay: Earn Credit at Certified HSS A1085 Presentation

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It’s that time of year again! October 4th is fast approaching, and that means SteelDay 2013 is right around the corner.

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U.S. Military Seek Renewable Energy Solutions

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In May 2013, the Solar Energy Industries Association released the “Enlisting the Sun: Powering the U.S. Military with Solar Energy 2013” report, which included the U.S. Military’s plan to introduce  renewable energy sources into every day practices. In the past year alone, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spent more than $20 billion on energy and consumed over five billion gallons of oil. In attempt to comply with the DOD’s objective requiring 25 percent of total facility energy consumption to come from renewable energy sources by 2025, U.S. Military teams have enacted aggressive tactics. To date, the Navy has installed more than either the Army or Air Force, but all U.S. Military branches continue to make solar a vital piece of the efforts to meet their renewables targets. 

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