AISI Appreciates Ron Bloom’s Leadership and Service

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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: NANCY GRAVATT

August 9, 2011 202.452.7115 / ngravatt@steel.org

Manufacturing Will be Key to Employment and Economic Recovery

Washington, D.C. – Commenting on the White House’s announcement that Ron Bloom will be stepping down from his position as the Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy at the end of August, Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) said:

“We are extremely appreciative of Ron Bloom’s leadership and service as Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy. During his tenure, Ron sought the ideas and input of steel industry leaders, making time to meet with our Board of Directors on two separate occasions and maintaining an open line of communication. The elevation of Ron’s position within the West Wing earlier this year was a very positive development as it placed a strong manufacturing advocate at the most senior level of the White House staff. Because the manufacturing sector will be critical to the nation’s economic recovery and to getting Americans back to work, it is equally critical to fill this position as soon as possible with a similarly respected and qualified individual, someone who will have the ability to bring manufacturing’s concerns to the Administration’s most important deliberations.”

 

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 25 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 118 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. AISI's member companies represent approximately 80 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at www.steel.org.

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