TRACKING TITANIUM Rounding the circle with RTI International’s John Odle

Jan 01, 2008 | 12:32 PM |

For John H. Odle, the completion of nearly 40 years in the titanium and specialty metals industries was marked by a certain symmetry.

In his nearly 35 years at RTI International Metals Inc. and its predecessor, RMI Titanium Co. (now a subsidiary of RTI), Odle's responsibilities ranged widely, covering operations, marketing and management, including the company's former sponge plant in Ashtabula, Ohio, which was shut down in 1992. Since then, Niles, Ohio-based RTI has purchased the sponge it uses.

But just before Odle's retirement as executive vice president in late September (he continues as a consultant to the company on defense and legislative matters), RTI announced it would spend $300 million to build a greenfield sponge plant and related operations in Hamilton, Miss., that will start up in 2010 and eventually result in total output of up to 20 million pounds a year.....

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