PITTSBURGH, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TMS International Corp.(NYSE: TMS), the parent company of Tube City IMS Corporation, a leading provider of outsourced industrial services to steel mills globally, today announced that it has opened a trading office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The opening of the office follows the company's recently announced seven-year contract for a variety of outsourced services with a leading regional steel company in Abu Dhabi.
J. David Aronson, President and Chief Operating Officer of the company's Raw Material and Optimization Group, said the Middle East/ North Africa region is an increasing important market."We believe the steel industry will continue to grow in the Middle East/ North Africa countries during the coming years," Mr. Aronson said. "The opening of this office, linked with our trading offices throughout Latin America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific, will provide the company with a worldwide platform to serve customers in these regions in addition to our significant historic presence in North America." Heading up the newly-opened office is Anthony Rupert "Butch" Zeederberg, as Manager of Scrap/Raw Materials in the Middle East/ North Africa region. "Butch is a seasoned steel trading veteran with a wealth of knowledge in the international marketplace. He has more than 30 years of experience in management, steel trading and logistics," Mr. Aronson said. "His charisma, leadership and existing relationships with leading worldwide steel producers will help facilitate the company's expansion into the growing Middle East/North Africa Region. "With Butch on board, we will continue to pursue further commodity diversification into the scrap and steel products arena. His presence will expand our global network of professionals across the five continents with extensive knowledge of and deep experience in raw material and steel products. We welcome Butch to our team."