WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) tonight presented Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), co-chairman of the Senate Steel Caucus, the “2015-2016 Congressional Steel Champion Award” for his dedication to the American steel industry and its workers. Brown received the award in recognition of his long-standing support of the steel industry and his authorship of legislation to improve the antidumping and countervailing duty laws which was signed into law last summer. The award was presented in Washington, D.C. this evening at the winter meeting of AISI’s Board of Directors.
Sen. Brown said, “The men and women of our steel industry can compete with anyone in the world, but they need a level playing field,” said Brown. “With market conditions and trading partners that don’t follow the rules, the steel industry continues to face unique challenges. That’s why we worked so hard to improve our trade enforcement tools in the Leveling the Playing Field law so our steel companies have the ability to fight back against unfair trade practices. We must build on that progress and continue to support the U.S. industry.”
“This is a challenging time for the steel industry,” said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI. “The surge of foreign imports that continue to come into this nation unfairly, and at record levels, puts our economic health at risk. Senator Brown is, and always has been, a leader in the fight to pass laws, like the Leveling the Playing Field Act and currency legislation, that will help combat the foreign trade distorting practices that injure U.S. industries and workers. We are grateful for his strong advocacy on so many issues that impact the American steel industry and the 16,000 steel industry workers in Ohio. Sherrod Brown is truly a steel champion and we were honored to present him with this much-deserved award.”
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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 120 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).