October 17, 2024|12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (ET)

FABTECH 2024 State of the Industry

  • Location: FABTECH Theater

Join us for a riveting panel discussion featuring leaders who will share their invaluable insights on current trends, challenges, and innovations shaping the metal fabrication industry. This session will delve into topics such as the impact of global economic dynamics and current business challenges and outlooks.  The impact processing technology and AI is having on the industry and how these major companies are navigating those challenges will also be discussed.  Attendees can expect to hear how these companies and leaders approach these challenges and how they are preparing for the year ahead.


Tim Heston

Senior Editor

The Fabricator

David Harrold

Vice President – Corporate Purchasing

Alro Steel Corporation

Greg Frye

CEO and President

Anchor Fabrication

Eric Miller


Miller Fabrication

Event Speakers

Tim Heston

Senior Editor, The Fabricator

Tim Heston, The Fabricator’s senior editor, has covered the metal fabrication industry since 1998, starting his career at the American Welding Society’s Welding Journal. Since then he has covered the full range of metal fabrication processes, from stamping, bending, and cutting to grinding and polishing.

He joined The Fabricator’s staff in October 2007. Since then his technical articles, case studies, and company profiles have won national and regional awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

He is a 1996 graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

David Harrold

Vice President – Corporate Purchasing, Alro Steel Corporation

Dave Harrold is Vice President – Corporate Purchasing of Alro Steel Corporation, an industrial materials distributor with over 80 locations in 16 states headquartered in Jackson, Michigan.  The Company was founded June 1, 1948, by Alvin Glick and Robert Glick. Alro operates much like a grocery store for metals and plastics, offering a tremendous variety of products with next day delivery to 25,000 customers throughout the eastern half of the United States.  Alro distributes a full line of steel products, as well as aluminum, stainless steel, and plastics. Alro also provides extensive processing services to its customers.

Mr. Harrold started with Alro in April 1996 holding various sales, credit, operations, and Purchasing positions.  In 2002, he was promoted to Director of Corporate Purchasing, and in 2012 to Vice President–Corporate Purchasing. A Michigan native, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Hope College in Holland, MI. Dave and his wife Monica have 3 boys and live in Jackson, Michigan.

Greg Frye

CEO and President, Anchor Fabrication

Greg Frye is the CEO and President of the Anchor Fabrication Division, as well as serving concurrently as COO of Anchor Partners, overseeing operations at all Anchor companies. Greg is a tenured manufacturing industry expert with more than 30 years of experience. He has simultaneously managed a diverse aerospace manufacturing company with facilities worldwide (U.S., Mexico, England, India) with combined sales exceeding $300 million annually. He has overseen the successful turnaround of several underperforming business units. He approaches management with uncanny strategic foresight and a vision for optimizing internal operations with a relentless focus on process improvement. Before his involvement in manufacturing, Greg served six years in the United States Air Force.

Greg holds a BS in Management & Ethics from Manhattan Christian College and a MS in Christian Ministry and Leadership from Friends University in Wichita, KS. Greg and his wife Sheila have two adult sons. Greg enjoys golfing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

Eric Miller

President, Miller Fabrication

As the President of Miller Fabrication Solutions, a leading provider of metal fabrication services, I have been leading the company’s strategic growth and operational excellence for over five years. I have a strong background in information technology, databases, and manufacturing, which enables me to leverage data-driven insights and innovative solutions to optimize processes, reduce costs, and increase efficiency.

I am passionate about delivering exceptional value to our customers, partners, and stakeholders, and I have successfully spearheaded new business development initiatives, expanded our market presence, and secured large contracts with key clients. I am also committed to fostering a culture of collaboration, empowerment, and continuous improvement among our talented and diverse team of over 400 employees. My goal is to position Miller Fabrication Solutions as a trusted and reliable partner for complex and challenging fabrication projects.

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