COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.
The steel industry faces major challenges in both the trade and
regulatory arenas in the year ahead, according to Michael T.
Rehwinkel, newly elected chairman of the American Iron and
"When it comes to public policy,
its important for the steel industry to speak with one
voice," Rehwinkel told AMM in an e-mail. "The issues I
think are the most critical for our industry right now are
trade and the regulatory approval process."
An influx of low-priced foreign
imports has hurt domestic steel producers, he said. "U.S. steel
manufacturers are being put in a very difficult position by
foreign steel producers who are heavily subsidized by their
governments and who are flooding North America with
steelprimarily pipewhile we lose project business
and have excess steel production capacity here at home."
Economic growth also will
require access to affordable energy, said Rehwinkel, who is
president and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Evraz
Inc. North America.
"The (proposed) Keystone XL
pipeline, which is an important step in our countrys
progress toward energy independence, has been unreasonably
delayed by an overly stringent and bureaucratic regulatory
approval process," he said. "Even though the pipeline has met
extensive regulatory requirements, including the State
Departments, it still hasnt been allowed to proceed
and generate needed jobs."
In an address to AISI members
during the organizations annual general meeting in
Colorado Springs May 17, Rehwinkel told delegates that the
industry will continue taking action to improve workplace
safety standards. "With our one voice, North American steel can
become the standard-setter for other manufacturing sectors," he