Reps. Bost and Davis Named "Steel Champions" by Steel Group


Pictured L-R, United States Steel Corporation president and CEO Mario Longhi, Illinois congressman Mike Bost, Illinois congressman Rodney Davis, and AISI president and CEO Thomas J. Gibson

Pictured L-R, United States Steel Corporation president and CEO Mario Longhi, Illinois congressman Mike Bost, Illinois congressman Rodney Davis, and AISI president and CEO Thomas J. Gibson

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2015

Contact: Lisa Harrison
202.452.7115 / lharrison@steel.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today presented Illinois congressmen Mike Bost and Rodney Davis a “2015 Congressional Steel Champion Award” for their dedication to the American steel industry and its workers.

AISI president and CEO Thomas J. Gibson and United States Steel Corporation president and CEO Mario Longhi today presented the lawmakers with the award in recognition of their strong support of the industry and leadership in the fight to pass legislation to improve antidumping and countervailing duty laws, which was signed into law by President Obama on June 29. United Steel Corporation has operations in Granite City, Illinois. (Photo attached. Pictured L-R, Longhi, Bost, Davis, Gibson.)

“This is a challenging time for the steel industry,” said Gibson during the award ceremony. “The surge of foreign imports that continue to come into this nation unfairly, and at record levels, puts our economic health at risk. Congressmen Bost and Davis have been leaders in the fight to pass trade laws that will help us work toward leveling the playing field on trade. We are grateful for their leadership on this, and so many other issues that impact the American steel industry and the 10,000 steel industry workers in Illinois.”

At the presentation on Capitol Hill, Reps. Bost and Davis expressed gratitude for the award. Rep. Bost said, “I’m proud that this legislation, drafted with Rep. Davis, stands up for American workers whose jobs are put at risk by global competitors who don’t play by the rules. These improvements in our trade laws will go a long way in promoting more fair competition for the U.S. steel industry and its workers.”

Rep. Davis said, “Steel manufacturing jobs are critical to many families and communities that I represent in Southwestern Illinois. By having policies in place that level the playing field and hold foreign competitors who break our trade laws accountable, we can help ensure these jobs are around for the long-term. I was proud to work with my colleague Congressman Mike Bost to have this language included in the latest trade legislation and will continue to be an advocate for steelworkers in my district and throughout the U.S."

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 19 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI's website at www.steel.org. Follow AISI on Facebook or Twitter (@AISISteel).