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RTI reorganization highlights downstream focus

Keywords: Tags  RTI International Metals, titanium, Dawne Hickton, Remmele Engineering, Blane Salvdor, James McCarley, Patricia O'Connell, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — RTI International Metals Inc. has restructured operations into two business units—a titanium segment, and engineered products and services segment—from three groups previously in a move that further emphasizes its expansion downstream from metals production.

"The organizational changes are an outgrowth of RTI’s move to transform itself into an integrated supplier of advanced titanium products and services across the entire supply chain," vice chair, president and chief executive officer Dawne S. Hickton said in a statement.

Through last year, Pittsburgh-based RTI was organized into three groups: titanium, fabrication and distribution, with distribution the largest in terms of sales at $218.4 million; followed by titanium, $160.7 million; and fabrication, $150.5 million.

The new titanium segment includes the former titanium and distribution groups, which includes RTI’s major titanium metals production operations—its Niles, Ohio, plant; RTI Alloys, Canton, Ohio; and its new mill products plant in Martinsville, Va.

The engineered products segment comprises the former fabrication group, which includes Remmele Engineering Inc., New Brighton, Minn., a machining and engineering company in the aerospace, defense and medical device markets, which RTI bought for $182 million last February, as well as the United Kingdom’s RTI Advanced Forming Ltd. Other major units are the RTI Claro machining operations in Montreal, the hot forming and superplastic forming operations in St. Louis and the RTI Fabrication extrusion unit in Houston.

RTI executive vice president of operations James L. McCarley will also head the engineered products and services segment, and vice president Blane A. Salvador is responsible for the titanium segment, reporting to McCarley.

The restructuring continues the downstream theme reflected in RTI’s most recent major executive appointment in January, when Patricia A. O’Connell was appointed to the new position of executive vice president of commercial (, Jan. 11).

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