AISI Calls on MTA to Reconsider Decison to Use Chinese Steel

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For Immediate Release
June 26, 2013 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The premier trade association representing North American steel producers today asked the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to reconsider their decision to allow an expected 15,000 tons of steel plate made in China to be used in the upper deck replacement project for the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

In a letter to the MTA today, Thomas J. Gibson, President and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), said, “At a time when our nation remains in a recovery from high unemployment and economic recession, we cannot afford to ship American manufacturing jobs overseas.  Sourcing 15,000 tons of steel from China for repairs on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is particularly offensive as the vast majority of Chinese steel companies are government-owned and controlled, and heavily subsidized.  In addition, the Chinese government deliberately engages in unfair trading practices like currency manipulation to give Chinese exports an unfair competitive advantage. We urge you to reconsider the decision.”

Gibson cited a recent Wall Street Journal article entitled U.S. Icons Now Made of Chinese Steel, indicating that the Chinese trade association representatives tout their competitiveness against the North American industry.

“The taxpayers of New York, and the many American tourists who cross the Verrazano Bridge, should not be forced to have their toll dollars go toward improving the economy of China when American manufacturing needs their support,” Gibson concluded.

Contact: Lisa Harrison
202.452.7115 / lharrison@steel.org

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Read the full letter to the MTA here.

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 24 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 123 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 website at www.steel.org.