Welcome to Steelworks, website of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) -- the voice for the North American steel industry.

Daniel R. DiMicco       Thomas J. Gibson  
Daniel R. DiMicco (left), Chairman, AISI; President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nucor Corporation

Thomas J. Gibson (right),
President and CEO, American Iron and Steel Institute

A message from AISI Chairman Dan DiMicco and AISI President and CEO Tom Gibson:

Welcome to the newly redesigned Steelworks, the website of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). To better meet the needs of all of you who come to Steelworks for information about the North American steel industry, we are pleased to unveil a new look, with easy-to-use navigation and user-friendly features. AISI serves as the voice for the North American steel industry, and you will find here the wide range of public policy issues for which we advocate. In addition to our policy priorities, you’ll also find out about the North American steel industry’s profile, our products and our performance – and all of it right at your fingertips. Take a few moments to browse through the site and feel free to share your feedback. We welcome your questions and comments!

Voice of the North American Steel Industry

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) is proud of its history of advocating on behalf of the domestic steel industry. Never has it been more critical than it is today for our industry to speak out loud and clear and with a unified voice on major policy issues that are impacting American manufacturers.

In order to strengthen our economy and competitiveness, we need a healthy and growing manufacturing sector. American manufacturers can compete with anyone in the world, but we cannot compete with governments. That is why AISI is urging our government leaders to embrace and put in place a national manufacturing strategy. Such an approach can restore our manufacturing sector and create millions of new jobs through a comprehensive program to rebuild our infrastructure, achieve energy independence—which will also significantly reduce our trade deficit-- and enforce our trade laws. It must also remove artificial barriers built by our trading partners and ensure that domestic policies are pro-manufacturing.

This requires advancing policies that improve the competitiveness of our nation’s manufacturers across a range of issues areas. Key aspects of such a strategy must include:

  • Trade: Establish and enforce trade policies that will truly level the international playing field for all manufacturers, including keeping our trade laws strong and strictly enforcing them. Address China’s currency manipulation, which harms the economies of the United States as well as our trading partners by keeping China’s export prices artificially low.
  • Energy Policy: Develop a national energy policy that creates low carbon, affordable and abundant sources of energy that includes nuclear and takes advantage of offshore and onshore resources.
  • Transportation: Invest in upgrading America’s infrastructure needs through a long-term strategy that makes the nation more efficient and reduces our carbon footprint, while energizing commerce and creating jobs. Specifically, target significant infrastructure spending to projects like bridge replacement or repair that spur a significant increase in the demand for domestic steel and manufactured products and create long-term employment opportunities.
  • Climate Policy: Adopt a global approach to climate change that holds foreign manufacturers to standards comparable to those imposed on U.S. producers so that a level playing field is maintained in the global marketplace and CO2 emissions are actually lowered globally. Create incentives to ensure that investment in “green jobs and technologies” results in job creation in America.
  • Tax and Regulatory Policies: Eliminate anti-competitive tax policies that inhibit new investment in manufacturing and eliminate domestic regulations that impose excessive – and unnecessary – cost burdens on U.S. manufacturers. Reform U.S. tax law to promote greater investment in manufacturing plant and equipment through such measures as an investment tax credit and accelerated depreciation.
  • Stable Markets for Business Investment: Improve the consistency and predictability of government policy in order to encourage capital investments in the private sector that require long lead-times. Ensure stable access to credit for qualified manufacturers that will help companies purchase new equipment, modernize facilities, hire more workers or expand production capacity, and invest in energy efficiency technologies and projects.
  • Government Support for R&D: Invest in programs that promote domestic production of commodities and materials (such as steel) using clean energy technologies so that the United States will become a world leader in environmentally sustainable production of the commodities and materials.
  • Workforce Education: Educate and prepare the next work force in "applied engineering technology" for work in industries such as steel.