Tony Butera named ASD’s Steel Man of the Year

Jan 29, 2013 | 12:23 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Voss Industries, Tony Butera, Association of Steel Distributors, ASD, Steel Man of the Year, PAul Voss, Gabe Voss, Homer Davison steel processing

CHICAGO — Survivors in the rough-and-tumble world of steel are often described as gamblers and horse traders. Tony Butera, a cofounder of Voss Industries, has in fact gambled and owned racehorses during a career that has so far spanned 62 years.

In his most recent win, Butera has been named 2012 Steel Man of the Year by the Association of Steel Distributors (ASD), which will honor him at a banquet during its annual convention in March.

Butera, a man known for having mentored many greenhorns who later went on to lead their own companies, started Taylor, Mich.-based Voss Industries in 1951 with Paul Voss and Homer Davison, who were soon joined by Paul’s brother, Gabe.

Butera had just three months on the job when the foreman training him decided that he wanted to take a long vacation. "I asked, ‘Who’s going to run the plant?’ Butera recalled. "He said, ‘You are.’"....

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