Weldbend went “over the top” in sponsoring a breakfast on behalf of ASA’s Industrial Piping Division at NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE in Chicago. After dining like royalty on lavish made-to-order provisions and enjoying football-themed music by a talented local band, attendees were enraptured by a talk given by NFL football legend Mike Ditka.

Later, they enjoyed an inspirational speech by Dr. Donald R.McNeeley, president and chief operating officer of Chicago Tube & Iron Corp., in accepting the IPD Award of Excellence. McNeeley was recognized for his significant contributions to the PVF industry and ASA as an industrialist, economist, executive and professor.

In other news, IPD Chairman Pat Adams announced that Jeffrey Beall, CEO of American Pipe & Supply (Birmingham, AL) had been elected vice chairman and will succeed Adams when his two-year term expires next year. Breakfast guests received a limited-edition hard-bound Weldbend catalog and commemoration book.