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John Batiste to Lead Buffalo Armory LLC; Klein Steel Service Inc Taps Todd Zyra as President

Press release date: December 20, 2013

ROCHESTER, NY –Klein Steel Service Inc, a nationally recognized full-line steel service center with a network of locations in Upstate New York, announced Todd Zyra has been named company President.

Zyra takes over the reins from Major General John Batiste, US Army (Retired), who assumes the full-time role of President and CEO of Buffalo Armory LLC, a company co- owned by Batiste and Joe Klein, Chairman of Klein Steel. Batiste will continue his association with Klein Steel as a member of the company board of advisors.

Buffalo Armory, located in Buffalo, New York, is a manufacturer of armor and high strength steel, branded Star Armor and Star Steel, for both defense and commercial purposes. “When we first launched Buffalo Armory, it was part of Klein Steel,” said Batiste, “but, as the new company matured and the Star product was refined, it was our goal to separate the businesses. Buffalo Amory is built on the strength of Klein Steel.”

Batiste has taken on the role of President and CEO of Buffalo Armory LLC effective immediately. “I am thrilled to be part of the Buffalo Armory team with a commitment to produce a game changing armor to better protect our warfighters,” Batiste said, “I am also confident that Klein Steel will continue to excel under Todd’s most capable leadership.”

Zyra has been preparing for his new role since joining the Company as Operations Manager in October 2008. Most recently he served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Klein Steel, Zyra held increasingly responsible positions in several large national firms such as Cintas and Nextel.

Founded in 1971, Klein Steel Service Inc. is acknowledged as an innovative industry leader with over 360,000 square feet of facilities and a fully integrated distribution network that extends Klein Steel’s reach throughout the country. For more information about Klein Steel visit


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