AISI 2012 General Meeting Addressing Critical Issues for Steel Industry

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For Immediate Release
May 17, 2012

Washington, D.C.  – Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal will deliver the keynote address at AISI’s 120th General Meeting, which will be held May 20-22 in Cambridge, Maryland.  General McChrystal, a retired Army four-star general and former leader of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) oversaw the military’s most sensitive forces and is credited with the December 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the June 2008 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.  McChrystal will give his address, “Crosslead: Lessons on Leadership from a Warrior, Statesman and Scholar” on May 21 at a joint session of AISI and the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) – the ninth year the groups are holding their Annual Meetings together.   



The General Meeting provides an opportunity for steel producers and service centers to strengthen relationships, share ideas and work together to improve the competitiveness of North American manufacturing. 

Other presentations at this year’s meeting will include:

·         Economic Outlook 2012 –Martin A. Regalia, senior vice president of Economic and Tax Policy and chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will discuss the effectiveness of government fiscal and jobs-related policies.

·         A Vision for Energy—“The New Conventional” Sources and U.S. Policy Implications—John Hofmeister, founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy and former president of Shell Oil Company will provide his insights and visions for exploring “new conventional” sources of energy.

·         Agenda for America-Political Outlook— Former Governor of Mississippi and former chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association Haley R. Barbour (R-MS) will present an insider’s look at elections, strategy and policy.  The Honorable Haley Barbour will also examine the progress in the Gulf region, and the future of America’s energy production. 

·         A Manufacturing Renaissance—Four Goals for Economic Growth—  Jay Timmons, leader of the National Association of Manufacturers, will outline what policy challenges are standing in the way of American manufacturing’s leadership position, and how and what we need to do to compete and succeed in the global economy.

·         AISI General Session: Sustainability as a Driver for Market Growth and Differentiation—Enterprises today sustain our economy, communities and the environment—but how do we measure success and what role does sustainability play in the marketplace?  Our panel of experts will explore key questions examining if sustainability is a real market driver or the next fad to come down the pike.

·         Politics: 2012—Widely regarded as one of the nation’s keenest observers of U.S. elections and political trends, Charlie Cook, publisher of the Cook Political Report and columnist of National Journal, will share meaningful insight to provide the sharpest political handicapping. 

The AISI 2012 General Meeting will begin on Sunday evening, May 20, with a joint AISI/MSCI Welcome Reception and Dinner.  The General Session will begin Monday morning, May 21.  AISI will host a press briefing on Monday, May 21 at 11:45 AM (EDT) featuring AISI Chairman-elect and Cliffs Natural Resources President and CEO Joe Carrabba, AISI Chairman and United State Steel Corporation Chairman and CEO John Surma, AISI Vice Chairman and Evraz North America President and CEO Michael Rehwinkel, AISI Director and Nucor Corporation Chairman and CEO Dan DiMicco, AISI Vice Chairman and Ternium Mexico Vice President Regulo Salinas, and AISI President and CEO Tom Gibson. For more information, contact Elizabeth Vago. 

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 124 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent over three quarters of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at

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