Mission: The purpose of the not-for-profit corporation shall be to advance the interests of the metals service center industry, in all ways lawful and consistent with the public interests, by (a) promoting the distribution of metal products; (b) collecting and disseminating useful statistics and information; (c) encouraging friendly discussion between persons engaged in the industry; (d) fostering improvement in the services rendered by the industry to consumers of metal products; (e) promoting reduction of costs, improvements of and development of new uses for metal products; and (f) assisting in the maintenence of sound and equitable relations between the industry and its employees, its customers, the general public and the state and federal governments.
Programs: Starting in 2007, the organization has been giving college scholarships to high school seniors who are dependents of employees of members of the organization. The scholarships are only to be applied to tuition, fees and books. The organization has a scholarship application, which requires (i) proof of eligibility; (ii) proof of attendance in a 4-year accredited educational institution (or an accredited 2-year institution that provides credits that are transferrable to a 4-year accredited educational institution); and (iii) detailed academic information. Scholarships are awarded by a sub-committee of the board of directors, and recipients are chosen purely on academic merit. In the event that a member of the board of directors has a child who applies for the scholarship,he or she is not allowed to serve on the scholarship sub-committee or attend any of its meetings.
the organization brings speakers to meetings of the members on topics including management, trade, changes in law and the economic future of the industry. The organization also operates educational seminars for its members, support research projects that benefit member organizations, and responds to the government affairs needs of its members.