STERLING – Local resident Kevin Mullen has assumed the top leadership position at Sterling Steel.
Mullen, a 1989 Newman High School graduate, recently was named president and general manager at the steel rod manufacturer. He succeeds the retired Andrew Moore, who oversaw all of the company’s process and administrative functions since 2006.
Mullen’s father and grandfather worked in the steel industry. After high school, Mullen went to the University of Illinois, where he received a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
After college, Mullen began his steel career with IPSCO Steel in Iowa. He worked there for several years before coming to Northwestern Steel and Wire Co.
In 2002, Leggett & Platt bought part of the Northwestern Steel and Wire property. After Leggett & Platt renovated the melt shop and rod mill, Sterling Steel opened in early 2003.
Mullen was a member of the Sterling Steel startup team in 2003, when he was the general supervisor for casting operations. He was promoted to maintenance manager in 2006, and was operations manager at the time of his appointment to president and general manager.
Leggett & Platt is the nation’s leading producer of drawn steel wire mills. The local division supplies most of the steel rod the parent company uses for its steel wire. Sterling Steel produces more than a half-million tons a year, also serving as an external supplier for several other companies.
Mullen and his wife, Laura, have two children; they live in Sterling.