DOT’S Szabat to Speak to Steel Industry Executives; Energy and Environment Leaders to Discuss Climate Policy

Steel Industry Leaders will Explore Global Issues at American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) 2009 General Meeting

PHOENIX, AZ, May 4, 2009 -- Joel Szabat, deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy, Department of Transportation (DOT), will speak today to steel industry executives attending the American Iron and Steel Institute’s (AISI) 117th General Meeting, on the subject of “Rebuilding America’s Transportation Infrastructure.”  He is one of a number of featured speakers and panel sessions during AISI’s annul meeting, which is being held May 3-5 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ jointly with the Metal Service Center Institute (MSCI).

Also featured today is a panel of major energy and environment leaders who will take part in a discussion titled “The Business of Climate Change and Energy.”  Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI, is moderating the discussion. Panelists include:  David Campbell, chief executive officer of Luminant; Ann Klee, General Electric Company’s vice president of corporate environmental programs; Rod Nelson, vice president for communications and vice president for innovation and collaboration for Schlumberger Limited;  and James Rogers, chairman of Duke Energy.

The Climate/Energy panel is one of six joint sessions AISI and the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) will be exploring at their sixth jointly-held annual meeting.  Session topics for the other joint sessions include: The Class of 2025, The Global Financial Crisis, 2009: U.S. Leadership Indispensable, The First 100 Days: Real Change?, Rebuilding America’s Transportation & Infrastructure, and Economic Policy and Politics at a Time of Crisis.

James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel Corporation, will provide his insights on the state of the industry during his Chairman’s Address, which will take place Tuesday, May 5.  AISI will also hold a session on Steel Markets: Looking Beyond the Rear View Mirror that morning and an awards ceremony to recognize industry leaders and their contributions to advancing steel’s position in research and development, public policy or through market development initiatives.

AISI is holding a media briefing today from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm. Reporters may register with AISI to attend the briefing and general sessions by contacting Maureen Iselin at

AISI’s General Meeting provides a forum for steel producers and service centers to strengthen relationships, share ideas and work together to improve the competitiveness of North American manufacturing.

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 24 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 138 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent approximately 75 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at

Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
Tel: 202.452.7115