Van Reiner is a native of Lakewood, Ohio, holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wittenberg University and a master’s degree in chemistry from Lehigh University. He also has completed executive education programs at Duke University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
He joined Bethlehem Steel in 1974 and spent the first 10 years of his career as an engineer in the coke oven department at Bethlehem’s Lackawanna, NY, plant. In 1984, he was transferred to the Burns Harbor, IN, Division as assistant superintendent of the slab mill/plate mills department and in 1990 was promoted to superintendent of that department.
In 1995, Mr. Reiner was appointed superintendent of the Galvanized Products Division, an operating unit of Burns Harbor located at Lackawanna. He became senior manager, operations, for the Burns Harbor Division in 1997, and president, Bethlehem Lukens Plate, when that division was formed in May 1998 following Bethlehem’s acquisition of Lukens Inc. He was then named president, Bethlehem Sparrows Point Division in August 2000. During his career at Bethlehem, he was a leader for introducing six sigma and lean throughout the company.
Professionally, Mr. Reiner is a past member of the board of directors of the American Institute of Steel Construction. He also held memberships in the American Iron and Steel Institute, Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, American Chemical Society, Western States Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Operators Association.
Since the closing of Bethlehem Steel, Mr. Reiner has served as interim Director to the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, MD, and in March of 2005, was named its permanent President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Reiner serves as Chairman of the Board for the Maryland World Class Manufacturing Consortia and is a founding member and Treasurer of the Partnership for Baltimore’s Waterfront.
He and his wife, Shirley, are the parents of three children. They reside in Bel Air, MD.