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AISI News and Happenings

November 17th Steel Market Update interviews Kevin Dempsey on working with the incoming Biden administration on the steel industry and recovery from the global pandemic

November 10thKevin Dempsey, president and CEO of American Iron and Steel Institute, speaks with AMM FastMarkets on the state of the steel industry during the global pandemic

November 5thThe Wall Street Journal speaks with Kevin Dempsey on COVID-19’s impact on steel demand and the importance of preserving the steel tariffs

October 30th – Ministers and high-level government officials from 29 participating economies released a joint statement urging leaders of the G20 to address the overcapacity crisis at their summit meeting

October 22nd – AISI led a group of 20 national and regional steel groups across five continents in releasing a joint statement calling for the governments of major steel-producing economies to intensify their work at the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity (GFSEC) to address the global steel crisis escalated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 11th Kevin Dempsey is interviewed in AIST magazine about the unprecedented collapse in steel demand and the signs that a recovery is underway.

September 9thTransportation Construction Coalition (TCC) sent a letter, signed by 88 leading organizations, to congressional leadership pushing for a one-year extension of the current surface transportation law and increased investment levels

July 27thAISI expresses support for the Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit Act

July 20thAISI joined 20 business and industry associations in issuing a joint statement outlining key policy principles to reshore and safeguard domestic manufacturing capabilities of critical medical supplies

July 20thAISI signs letter to Congressional Leadership strongly urging an immediate infusion of at least $37 billion to state departments of transportation (DOTs) due to COVID-19 disruptions

June 16th25 Senators sign a letter to Senate leaders expressing support for providing $50 billion in assistance to state departments of transportation

June 8th – AISI signs onto letter to the White House urging support for the immediate infusion of $49.95 billion in federal funding for state departments of transportation in the next COVID-19 response legislation

May 13th – TAKE ACTION: State DOT Relief Is Critical to Steel Industry’s Future

May 12th – Representatives Conor Lamb (PA-17) and Bob Gibbs (OH-7) led a coalition of bipartisan Members in a letter to House leadership encouraging support for state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) in the next package of COVID-19 relief legislation.

May 1st – 70+ infrastructure industry groups, including AISI, sent a letter to President Trump urging that increased federal infrastructure investment be a top priority in the coming months as part of the effort to boost economic growth

April 24th – Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Letter to Congressional Leadership

April 1st – Steel Industry Groups Urge Congress to Include Infrastructure in Next Stimulus Bill

March 31st – SSSBA Launches Free Steel Bridge Weekly “Shelter-in-Place” Webinar Series During April and May

Updated March 28th – AISI signs onto a multi-association letter to CISA Director Christopher Krebs asking for confirmation that employees who manufacture motor vehicle parts for vehicle manufacturing and repair are critical manufacturing employees

March 25th – US steelmakers urge continuation of tariff protocols in virus response (Steel Business Briefing)

March 24th – Steel Associations Letter to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

March 24th – AISI Letter to the National Governors Association

March 19th – Transportation Construction Council (TCC) Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership

March 18th – AISI Letter to Vice President Pence on why steel manufacturing and steelworkers are ‘essential’

March 12th – Steelgram: Please Continue to Support the Section 232 Action on Steel to Preserve the
Domestic Steel Industry in the Face of the Coronavirus Shock


Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, there are a lot of questions, concerns and unknowns about how to take care of yourself and those around you.
We will update this page with new information as it comes available and we hope these helpful guidelines and resources will provide some assistance.

Information from: Center for Disease Control (CDC) Prevention

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact


Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.