BIRMINGHAM, AL – December 7, 2022 – Norm Browning has announced his retirement from O’Neal Industries (ONI) effective January 1, 2023, after a 45-year career. Browning began his career with Shelby Steel in 1977 and became part of the ONI family when O’Neal Steel acquired the company in 1985. He started his career as a warehouseman in Shelbyville, Indiana, his hometown. Over the course of his career, Norm held various positions such as Warehouse Supervisor, Operations Manager, Outsides Sales, Sales Manager, and District Manager before being promoted to Senior Vice President–Southern Region in 2006, which brought him to Birmingham. In 2015 he joined O’Neal Industries as Vice President of Business Development.
Browning has served as Chairman of the Metal Service Center Institute’s (MSCI) Plates and Shapes Council as well as on the MSCI Membership Committee, as Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement of Alabama, and as member of the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, and Sons of the American Legion.
“Norm’s extensive knowledge of our sales strategies, markets, and customers, combined with his unique ability to generate leads and drive business growth, has been invaluable,” remarked Tom Kennard, Executive Vice President of O’Neal Industries. “Over the past few years, Norm has had a tremendous impact in facilitating, nudging, and pushing our companies to work together, trust, and serve each other.”