AISI 2011 General Meeting Addresses Critical Issues for Steel Industry

Washington, D.C. – Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal will deliver the keynote address at AISI’s 119th General Meeting which will be held May 1-3, 2011 in Colorado Springs. General McChrystal, a retired Army four-star general and former leader of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) oversaw the military’s most sensitive forces and is credited with the December 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the June 2008 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. McChrystal will give his address, "Plywood Leadership—Lessons on Leadership from a Warrior, Statesman and Scholar" on May 2 at a joint session of AISI and the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) – the eighth year the groups are holding their Annual Meetings together.

The General Meeting provides an opportunity for steel producers and service centers to strengthen relationships, share ideas and work together to improve the competitiveness of North American manufacturing.

Click here to register. Registration is open to all AISI and MSCI members.

Other presentations at this year’s meeting will include:

  • This Just In -- Bob Schieffer, anchor of Face the Nation and CBS News chief Washington correspondent, shares an inside look at Washington politics, the people and events, and the epic changes in the past 40 years.
  • The Great Recession - Where Do We Go From Here? -- Hear from a 20-year veteran of the investment management industry on the expectations for the 2011 economy. Is this recovery sustainable?
  • Insights from a Customer Chief Executive -- Doug Oberhelman, chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar, will speak on manufacturing, Caterpillar's plans for growth in the coming years and key issues facing manufacturers and the steel industry in North America.
  • Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future -- Americans are being inundated with claims about renewable and alternative energy. Yes, "green" energy has great emotional and political appeal. Author Robert Bryce will discuss what "green" really means.
  • AISI Session: Steel Markets -- Looking Beyond the Rear View Mirror, Part II-- Back by popular demand, AISI will hold a follow-up session on what steel market experts can tell us about trends that will be important to the steel industry in the next 12 to 24 months. Economists for the transportation infrastructure, construction (residential and commercial), appliance and automotive industries will discuss the markets' progress in hoped-for emergence from the economic crisis and what the future holds in the coming years.
  • Examining the Obama Administration’s Regulatory Agenda -- Hear from experts on labor and employment relations, environment, occupational health and safety, financial regulation and overall economic policy, as they examine the Obama Administration’s regulatory agenda. What are the implications for the North American steel industry?

The AISI 2011 General Meeting will begin on Sunday evening, May 1, with a joint AISI/MSCI Welcome Reception and Dinner. The General Session will begin Monday morning, May 2. Detailed information is posted online. For more information, contact Elizabeth Vago.

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 25 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 118 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. AISI's member companies represent approximately 80 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at

Elizabeth Vago
Senior Director, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute