AISI: State Dept. Approval of Windsor Bridge Permit is 'Great News'

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For Immediate Release
April 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department today issued a permit approving the construction of a new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor in Ontario, Canada, representing a bilateral development for which the North American steel industry and its major customer groups have aggressively advocated.  Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute, said the State Department announcement approving the New International Trade Crossing (NTIC) is “great news for the steel industry.”

“Our North American steel industry, as well as the two governments, auto makers and other industries, have insisted for years that another crossing is required at Detroit-Windsor to eliminate long lineups of trucks leading up to the bridge and causing costly delays.  We are particularly pleased that the project will require that all steel be of either U.S. or Canadian origin -- a provision that will ensure the bridge is constructed from quality materials while supporting high-value jobs in the U.S. and Canada,” Gibson said.  “The NITC will greatly enhance industry competitiveness and facilitate intra-NAFTA trade.  We are pleased that the U.S. State Department today enabled the process to start moving.”

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