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Manufacture Alabama names new chairman of the Alabama Iron and Steel Council

The Alabama Iron and Steel Council, an affiliate of Manufacture Alabama, has announced Phil Goodwin as its new chairman.

Phil Goodwin, left, and Maury Gaston, right.
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The Alabama Iron and Steel Council (AISC), an affiliate of Manufacture Alabama, has announced Phil Goodwin as its new chairman. Goodwin, the Director of Sales Operations and Government Affairs for U.S. Pipe & Foundry Co., brings 28 years of industry experience and a deep commitment to the iron and steel sector in Alabama.

Goodwin has been with U.S. Pipe for 23 years, holding leadership roles in Customer Service, Marketing, Sales Operations, and Government Affairs. An active member of Manufacture Alabama and the original U.S. Pipe representative at the inception of the Alabama Iron & Steel Council in 2008, Goodwin’s extensive experience and dedication to promoting ductile iron pipe in the water industry make him a natural fit for this leadership position. A native of Valley, Ala., he holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from Samford University. Goodwin resides in Hoover with his wife Wendy and their two children.

“It is an honor to assume the duties as Chairman of the Alabama Iron & Steel Council,” said Phil Goodwin. “Our industry has a storied history in Alabama but holds an even brighter future.  I look forward to partnering with our members to advance our industry in Alabama and beyond.  I also want to say thanks to Maury Gaston for leading this group.  Maury has been a stalwart for the iron and steel industry for many years and I am humbled to follow him as Chairman.”

“We are thrilled to have Phil step into the role of chairman for the Alabama Iron and Steel Council,” said Jon Barganier, President and CEO of Manufacture Alabama. “Phil’s extensive industry experience and his dedication to this critical sector make him the ideal leader to continue advancing the goals of the AISC. We are confident that under his leadership, the Council will continue to thrive and positively impact Alabama’s iron and steel industry.”

The AISC also extends its heartfelt appreciation to Maury D. Gaston for his dedicated service as chairman since 2017. Gaston, who is the Manager of Marketing Services for AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe has been a guiding force for the Council, contributing significantly to its mission of promoting and enhancing the competitiveness of Alabama’s iron and steel industry. Under his leadership, the council has made great strides in advising public officials and representing the interests of iron and steel manufacturers throughout the state.

“Maury has been an exceptional leader for the Alabama Iron and Steel Council,” said Barganier. “His dedication and vision have been instrumental in driving the council’s success and supporting the industry. We are deeply grateful for his service and the substantial impact he has made.”

“As I approach professional retirement, my engagement with Manufacture Alabama and the Alabama Iron and Steel Council is a gratifying highlight of my 42-year career with AMERICAN,” said Maury Gaston.  “I’ve often said I’m pleased and grateful to work for a manufacturing industry and especially one with the sustainable and resilient attributes found within iron and steel products which contribute to the health and safety of mankind.  Affiliating with Manufacture Alabama increased AISC’s engagement and impact.  It’s been delightful to work alongside Jim Bennett, Ernie Glenn, Tom Surtees, George Clark, Brooks McClendon, Jon Barganier, Amanda Salazar, Paul Vercher, and the entire Manufacture Alabama team to advance our industry.  I look forward to Phil’s leadership and the increased impact I know the Alabama Iron and Steel Council will have through him.”

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About the Alabama Iron and Steel Council: The Alabama Iron and Steel Council (AISC) is an advisory group of Manufacture Alabama, representing the interests of iron and steel producers and their supplier-vendor partners throughout the state. Formed in 2008, the council promotes and advises public officials on strategies to enhance the competitiveness of Alabama’s iron and steel companies.

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