Managing Price Risk Protects
Jun, 2009 John Gross | Electroindustry
As you know only too well, the past
several years have seen unprecedented price
volatility for all commodities, with copper in
particular subject to violent swings.
John Gross is president of J.E. Gross & Co.
Inc, a metals management and consultancy firm established
in 1987 and publisher of The
Copper Journal, an industry newsletter he created
in 1989. In addition to his consulting activities,
Gross has worked with global leaders in the metals
industry over the past 35 years. He began his career
in metals in 1973 when he joined U.S. Metals Refining
Co., a division of Amax Inc., where he rose to become
manager of administration. In 1981 he joined Hudson
Bay Mining and Smelting as manager of trading and
in 1983 became a futures broker with Johnson Matthey &
Wallace, specializing in metals on Comex and the
London Metal Exchange.
Gross is no stranger to the electrical wholesaling
industry, as he was vice president of strategic
metals for the North American operations of BICC
Cables Corp. in 1985 (now owned by General Cable).
More recently, he was director of metals
management with Scott Brass, a producer and manufacturer
of copper and brass strip products.
To receive a sample copy of
The Copper Journal, give
him a call at (401) 667-0478 or e-mail him at
He is a graduate of Hofstra University in New
York, and a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. During
his business career, he has held memberships in
several trade organizations; served as a director
of the American Copper Council, and as a member
of the Comex Advisory Committee. Gross is very active
in industry affairs and has written extensively
on the metal markets, industry issues and is frequently
called upon to speak at trade events.