The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) has bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on John Palesny, president of Petersen Aluminum Corp., during its recent Aluminum Products Division Conference in Florida. The honor recognizes Palesny’s contribution to the metals industry during his 47-year career at Petersen. MSCI is a trade association representing metals producers, distributors, and processors and provides its members with knowledge, thought leadership, data, education, industry advocacy, and discussion.
The list of people who previously won this award is filled with influential figures in the metals industry. These winners are iconic leaders and their contributions within their respective companies, the industry, and the communities within which they live are marked by their integrity, passion for metals and manufacturing, and empathy for others.
Palesny is a true believer in the mission of the MSCI. He recognizes the value that MSCI brings to the industry and has always been a cheerleader for the missions it champions. Palesny has supported the MSCI and its predecessor, the National Association of Aluminum Distributors, for a number of years with his time, expertise, and wisdom.
Palesny began his career at Petersen in 1970. Over a 47-year span he rose from a warehouse position to become president of the firm. Over that time he was able to build annual sales from $3 million to its present day level of $170 million. During his career, Palesny has been a critically important counselor regarding every major decision that Petersen has faced.
Petersen manufactures PAC-CLAD architectural metal cladding products in multiple gauges of steel and aluminum. PAC-CLAD products include standing seam roof panels, hidden- and exposed-fastener wall panels, flush- and reveal-joint panels, vented or solid soffit panels, perforated metal, coil and flat sheet, composite panels, column covers, fascia, and coping. All are available in Kynar® 70% PVDF finish in 45 standard colors that include a 30-year finish warranty. Most colors meet LEED® and ENERGY STAR® requirements, and are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council®.