director of quality and metallurgical engineering, NLMK USA, Farrell, Pa., USA
Fonner began his career in the steel industry in July 1981, joining then Jones & Laughlin (J&L) Steel Corp. in Aliquippa, Pa., USA, after earning his B.S. degree in metallurgy from The Pennsylvania State University in May 1981. He worked for J&L Steel (subsequently LTV Steel) for 13 years, holding quality, maintenance and operating positions in the Tin Plate Department at the Aliquippa Works. In 1994, he joined the staff of the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers (AISE) in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he became the editor-in-chief of Iron and Steel Engineer, the monthly journal of AISE. In 2003, he joined Duferco Farrell Corp. as manager of process and product quality. In 2010, Duferco Farrell was acquired by NLMK of Lipetsk, Russia, and NLMK USA was formed by joining the Duferco Farrell plant in Farrell, Pa., with the Beta Steel plant in Portage, Ind., USA. In addition to holding a B.S. degree in metallurgy, he earned an M.B.A. from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh in August 1987.