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Ferch Named New AISC President

June 09, 2005 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

Roger E. Ferch, P.E., has been named the new president of the American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc., effective January 1, 2006. Ferch is currently vice president of Herrick Corporation, the largest structural steel fabricator and erector on the west coast. He replaces H. Louis Gurthet, P.E., who is retiring after serving as president since 1996.

“AISC is a very strong association and I’m excited for the opportunity to lead it,” Ferch stated. “AISC has evolved from an organization solely representing the fabrication community to one representing the entire structural steel community—including steel mills, service centers, and more than 10,000 professional engineers, each of whom serve as ambassadors to communicate our technical and marketing message of economy, efficiency, and beauty when you construct with structural steel.”

He stressed that AISC needs to continue to serve the marketplace, especially through such programs as continuing education and quality certification. “We need to maintain close liaison within the fabrication industry through the regional fabricator associations and with important groups such as code officials, inspectors, contractors and owners,” he added. “The challenge for the future of AISC is to promote further growth and stature of our Institute by bringing together the people and programs responsible for our past achievements, to further grow market share, and to gain greater international recognition of our Institute.”

Ferch is currently a member of the AISC Board of Directors and previously has also served as a board member for a steel detailer and for a steel service center. His experience with Herrick encompasses a wide range of activities within the steel fabrication industry, including design, procurement, contract management, marketing, estimating, detailing, erection, and project management.

Prior to joining Herrick, Ferch was the Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction for the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps in Alaska and California. He also worked as an estimator and project manager for the Leckenby Company in Seattle.

A licensed civil engineer in California, he has an undergraduate civil engineering degree from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of California-Berkeley.

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
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American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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