American Iron and Steel Institute Mourns Death of Senator Arlen Specter

Remembers Fondly his Strong Voice and Loyal Support for the Steel Industry

For Immediate Release
October 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) issued the following statement on the death of Senator Arlen Specter:

“On behalf of AISI and our member companies, we mourn the passing of Senator Specter.   We have lost a tenacious and tireless advocate for the American steel industry, someone who was, without fail, a strong and independent voice for our industry.  Arlen Specter had a remarkable career spanning three decades in the Senate, during which he always stood up for steel. 

We extend our sincere condolences to the Specter family.  Arlen Specter will always be remembered for his enduring support for America’s steel industry and its workers.”

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 approximately 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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