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Alro Mourns Passing of Founder Al Glick

Written by Tim Triplett

Service center industry stalwart Al Glick, who founded Alro Steel with his brother Robert in 1948, passed away today at age 95.

In addition to his leadership of Jackson, Mich.-based Alro, which is now among the top-ranked service centers in North America, Glick was well known as a big supporter and fan of the University of Michigan, among many other organizations that benefited from his philanthropy.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Al Glick, our beloved and respected founder, CEO and chairman on Feb. 8, 2022,” the company said in an online post. “There are many things Al will be remembered for, most notably his unmatched love for his family and the University of Michigan. He will be remembered for the company he built, his passion for customer service, and the belief that teamwork is the key to the ongoing success of our company. Al leaves behind a vibrant company with a culture built on teamwork, integrity, honesty and loyalty.”

Alro Steel today is a $2 billion service center and processor with more than 60 locations and 3,000 employees.

Glick was not fully retired when he died. “Being here, getting up each day to work with our team just makes me happy,” he was quoted as saying. “Why walk away when you still love what you do?”

By Tim Triplett,

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