AISI Commends Ambassador Ron Kirk

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For Immediate Release:
January 23, 2013

Washington, D.C. – As U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced his resignation today after four years of service in the Administration, the steel industry’s premier trade association commended him on his cooperation with the industry.  American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) President and CEO, Tom Gibson, had the following statement:

“Ambassador Kirk is a dedicated public servant who helped lead U.S. trade policy at a critical time in the progression of our nation’s trade agenda. The steel industry has appreciated his advocacy in the expansion of rules-based trade, which so profoundly affects our businesses, employees and communities.  By bringing an unprecedented number of WTO cases, he strongly championed U.S. interests and focused on American jobs.  We especially congratulate him on his success at the WTO regarding China’s violations of its WTO obligations when it limited exports of certain critical raw materials to protect its own manufacturers.  This was a hard-fought and well-deserved victory, and one for which the steel industry will always be grateful.  It was a great honor to work with Ambassador Kirk and we wish him well in his future successes.”


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 www.steel.org.

Contact: Lisa Harrison
202.452.7115 / lharrison@steel.org

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