1948 : Alro Steel Celebrates 100th Anniversary

June 1, 2024 all-day

Co-founder, President, and CEO of Alro Steel, Al Glick has passed away at the age of 95. Al was an instrumental part in funding many projects for Jackson Public Schools, Jackson Catholic Schools, and The University of Michigan. Alro Steel was started in 1948.

Alro Steel is a distributor of metals, industrial supplies, and engineering plastics. It operates more than 70 locations in 12 states and provides products through Alro Steel, Alro Metals, Alro Metals Outlet, Alro Industrial Supply, and Alro Plastics.

In a statement released on the Alro Steel website,

“When asked about retirement, Al would respond, “I’ve slowed down to working part-time. I only work 12 hours a day.” Al continued with, “June 1, 2048, would be our 100th anniversary and I’m thinking that’s a good time to retire. Being here, getting up each day to work with our team just makes me happy. Why walk away when you still love what you do?”

Al received many honors in his lifetime, including Metal Center News Service Center Executive of the Year (2000), Metal Service Center Institute President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement (2003), Jackson Golf Hall of Fame (2003), Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Heritage Hall of Fame (2005), Jackson Bowling Hall of Fame (2005), Jackson High School Ambassadors’ Award (2011), Jackson Citizen Patriot’s Citizen of the Year Award (2012), Michigan Manufacturers Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), and Spring Arbor University Faith F. Small Community Faithfulness Award (2018).

Anyone who knew Al was aware of his love for the University of Michigan and especially the football program. He and his family helped fund the Al Glick Field House (2009), C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Coach Carr Pediatric Cancer Unit (2011), and the Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center (2016).

In addition to these major gifts, through his foundations, Al supported many organizations across the country focused on youth sports, manufacturing education programs, children’s medical research and grief support. His love for giving inspired and touched many people.”

Source : Samuel Dodge, “Al Glick, humble industrialist, philanthropist and Michigan super fan, dies at 95”, MLive, February 8, 2022.