Above: Larry Athens

Gunnar Highland 

Leeco® Steel, the largest supplier of steel plate in North America, announces the promotions of Larry Athens to Senior Account Manager and Gunnar Highland to Account Manager, effective January 1, 2024. In their new roles, Mr. Athens and Mr. Highland will focus on growing business and managing key accounts in their respective regions.

“Larry and Gunnar both have incredible work ethic, which has contributed to steady growth within their individual teams,” said John Purcell, Vice President, Sales at Leeco Steel. “In their new roles, they will be able to focus their efforts on growing key accounts and improving our regional sales strategies.” Mr. Athens joined Leeco in 2017 as a sales representative based out of the company’s Lisle, IL headquarters. He served customers in the east and northeastern regions of the U.S. before moving into Leeco’s Central sales region in 2022. Mr. Highland joined Leeco in 2019 as a sales representative based out of the company’s Lisle, IL headquarters. He served customers in the midwestern U.S. before moving into Leeco’s service center sales team in 2020. 

About Leeco® Steel Leeco Steel (Leeco), an O’Neal Industries affiliate company, is North America’s largest steel plate supplier, with 10 strategically located processing and distribution centers stocked with carbon, HSLA and alloy steel plate. Founded in 1882, Leeco is well-known for having deep inventories of steel plate, and also offers steel plate processing services, including oxy and plasma cutting, drilling, tapping, milling and shot blasting. Backed by an award-winning safety program and ISO 9001 certified quality management system, Leeco delivers quality products with unmatched service, including digital document delivery on all orders and online ordering and order management via its Leeco Pro platform. Leeco supplies large quantity commodity products to companies around the world via its expert Trading division. Learn more at www.leecosteel.com.

About O’Neal Industries O’Neal Industries (ONI) is the nation's largest family-owned network of metals service centers and component and tube manufacturing businesses. Composed of nine leading brands and generating sales of an estimated $3.6 billion in 2023, ONI is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and has more than seventy specialized facilities throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.onealind.com. 

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