Don McNeeley

Dr. Donald McNeeley is president and CEO of Chicago Tube and Iron Co., headquartered in Romeoville, Ill., as well as a Professor of Engineering at Northwestern University. Founded in 1914, CT&I is one of the largest steel service centers in the U.S., with 10 subsidiaries throughout the Midwest. Inventory, fabrication and processing is facilitated in over 1.2 million square feet of efficient, state-of-the-art facilities. CT&I houses over 30,000 line items of inventory from some of the world’s premier manufacturers. It has a 90+ year history of consecutive profitability that has provided the necessary capital resources for growth. Contact Dr. McNeeley at (800) 972-0217, or visit www.chicagotube.com.

Articles written by Don McNeeley

A recession is technically defined as two consecutive quarters of zero to negative GDP growth.   Therefore, in the "ancient" financial history of 2008, it was...more...

When you begin to write a column for a publication, the accepted obligation of the author is to be interesting.  The Irish caution is:  “if...more...

Trump is president, yet the pundits and polls said it was not possible.  Then, again, Trump received the Republican nomination purportedly “against all odds”.  After...more...

I have been at this industrial distribution thing for a long time, which in turn provides a historical perspective.  Through that lens, I recall the...more...

The presidential primaries are in full heat.  Primaries that started with acrimony continue with acrimony and will, no doubt, end with acrimony.  This scorched-earth approach...more...

 

As many readers are aware, my other life has me in a classroom as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. As an elite university,...more...

Our version of Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh my!...plays out like this: China, and Korea, and Turkey! Oh my! The raging debate about trade...more...

There is a concept known as Chaos Theory. One way it is explained is: “A butterfly flaps its wings in Iowa and a tsunami hits...more...

Economic philosophy, as it applies to trade, is bimodally divided into two camps. On one hand, there is the camp to which I ascribe, that...more...

“It is not that you should do wrong by design but that you should never do right by mistake.” – Junius

Following such a...more...

The accepted understanding is the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. It is a convenient refrain...more...

Often when I write it is from personal experience. During that process, I usually experience the epiphany that I’m not only expressing my own industry’s...more...

Some are born to lead, most are not. Some aspire to lead, most cannot.

With that foundation, I reflect on my many years as a...more...