Statement by Thomas J. Gibson, President and CEO, American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) congratulates Ron Bloom on being named by President Obama as the Administration’s Senior Counselor for Manufacturing Policy.   Manufacturing in America is at a crossroads that requires a major policy shift to embrace a pro-manufacturing policy agenda.  Since 2000, over 4 million U.S. manufacturing jobs have migrated overseas because of the lack of aggressive policies to keep these valuable, high-paying jobs here in America.  

With his background as a former adviser to the United Steelworkers union, Ron has firsthand knowledge about the value that cornerstone industries, such as steel, and its top notch workforce, bring to the American economy.

At the top of the list should be establishing and enforcing trade policies that will level the international playing field for all manufacturers; adopting a global approach to climate change that holds foreign manufacturers to comparable standards on lowering CO2 emissions; developing a national energy policy that takes a long view and creates green, affordable and abundant sources of energy; upgrading America’s transportation infrastructure system, which will also help fuel economic recovery; and, eliminating policies that put U.S. manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage by significantly raising their costs.

We are pleased that the President has recognized the importance of supporting American manufacturing through this appointment and we look forward to working with Ron in support of American manufacturers and American workers.