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Leeco Steel Names Ryan Murphy VP of Purchasing

Posted on Aug 07, 2014

LISLE, IL (JULY 28, 2014) – Leeco Steel, one of the largest suppliers of steel plate in North America, has appointed Ryan Murphy Vice President of Purchasing.

Murphy started his career at Leeco Steel as a sales representative. He moved to the purchasing department in 2002 and was named director of purchasing in 2007.  Overall, Murphy has more than 17 years of industry experience and his background includes sales, purchasing, project management, leadership, and analysis of supply chain and stock. Before joining Leeco Steel, he worked in sales for both Namasco and Olympic Steel. He received his Associates Degree in AutoCAD from Hamilton Technical College, Davenport, IA, and is a member of the steel trade organization Association of Women in the Metals Industry.

“During his tenure at Leeco Steel, Ryan has been instrumental in developing processes and procedures that improved efficiencies in areas of purchasing, pricing, inventory management and quality,” said Denton Nordhues, President and CEO of Leeco Steel. “His work ethic, industry knowledge and extensive experience has earned him the respect of Leeco Steel staff and suppliers alike. We are very excited to announce this well-deserved promotion.”

Murphy’s appointment was effective immediately and he will be based out of Leeco Steel’s corporate headquarters in Lisle, IL.


Leeco Steel, headquartered in Lisle, Illinois, maintains one of the nation’s largest inventories of carbon, HSLA and alloy steel plate coming from the premier mills worldwide.  Founded in 1882, Leeco Steel has ten locations in North America and one in Monterrey, Mexico. Leeco Steel is part of the O’Neal Industrial Metals Group. For more information, visit


Leeco Steel is one of more than a dozen companies that comprise O’Neal Industries (, the U.S.A.’s largest family-owned group of metals service centers. With sales of approximately $2.5 billion in 2013, O’Neal Industries is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and has more than 90 specialized facilities throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.