MELTING POT All sharp objects removed

Oct 24, 2008 | 11:16 AM |

In his welcome address to delegates of Intertech Pira's 12th annual Met Coke World Summit 2008 in Chicago, event chair Andrew Aloe noted a few things about the meeting area.

"The windows have been sealed and the knives have been removed from the buffet to reduce the risk of personal injury," he quipped. "It's all been done in case you're driven crazy by the bad news." Because of the state of the economy, this year's event might be the most important one since its inception, Aloe said. He had been chairman and chief executive officer of Shenango Inc., a merchant coke producer in Pittsburgh, until its sale to DTE Energy Services Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., earlier this year. Now a business....

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