Unity Aluminum Appoints Barry Schneider to Board of Directors

Global Metals Industry Executive Joins Unity Aluminum Board of Directors

ASHLAND, Ky. — January 11, 2021— Unity Aluminum, a leading company in the 21st-century global aluminum industry, announced the appointment of Barry Schneider to the Company’s Board of Directors. Schneider has decades of experience in the metals industry, including mill startups, and currently serves as senior vice president− Flat Roll Group for world-renowned Steel Dynamics, Inc, a NASDAQ listed company (NASDAQ: STLD.)

Schneider joined Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI) in 1995 and was a key member of the company’s startup operations that resulted in construction of its first steel mill. Since then, he has successfully managed the startup of seven additional facilities. In his current role, Schneider is responsible for SDI’s largest business unit that oversees five facilities. He also serves on the boards of the Association of Iron & Steel Technology and United Steel Supply.

“Unity Aluminum is excited to welcome Barry Schneider to the team,” said Charles Price, chairman of the Unity Aluminum board of directors. “His hands-on experience in mill startups and management will translate into valuable governance and oversight for our shareholders.”

Schneider joins the five other directors who oversee Unity Aluminum. His appointment began January 1, 2021.

“Like others in the industry, I have been watching the Unity Aluminum project closely and am impressed by its strong projected financial returns as well as its environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects,” said Schneider. “The senior leadership team has worked tirelessly to put this company on the path to success and establish a results-oriented team culture. I’m eager to contribute to this on-shoring comeback that is vital to the global aluminum industry and our national interests.”

Unity Aluminum’s first project, an aluminum rolling mill in Eastern Kentucky, is projected to generate more than one thousand construction jobs, 550 full-time mill jobs and thousands of indirect jobs and additional investments in the region.  Unity Aluminum will be the first and most energy and environmentally efficient aluminum mill to be built in the U.S. in 40 years.

“Over the past year, the Unity team has been hard at work ensuring that this facility − a vital part of the global aluminum supply chain − will move forward in Ashland, KY, “said Don Foster, president and chief executive office of Unity Aluminum. “Barry’s extensive experience in successful manufacturing startups and facility expansions will be extremely beneficial to our efforts.

For more information on the Unity Aluminum Board of Directors and leadership team, please visit unityal.com/leadership.


About Unity Aluminum

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Unity Aluminum was formed to construct and operate a greenfield, state-of-the-art aluminum rolling mill at EastPark Industrial Center in Ashland, Kentucky. The Company’s eco-friendly metals alloys position it to be the premier low-cost provider of 352,000 annual tons of production-ready series 3000, 5000 and 6000 aluminum sheet for the automotive, transportation and distribution markets. NanoAl LLC, Unity Aluminum’s research and development arm, is a world leader in the science of nanocrystalline technology applied to aluminum. For more information, visit www.unityal.com.