Alabama trade groups applaud passage of steel industry resolutions

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Manufacture Alabama, a trade group representing industrial interests in the state, and the Alabama Iron & Steel Council, which represents the iron and steel manufacturing industry in Alabama, Thursday applauded the Alabama Legislature for passing two steel industry resolutions. The resolutions urge President Barack Obama and Alabama Congressional Delegation to fight for strong enforcement of U.S. trade laws against unfair foreign practices that are impacting the domestic steel industry.

Sponsored by Vestavia Hills-Republican Sen. Jabo Waggoner and Fairfield-Democrat Rep. Rod Scott led the effort in their respective chambers to pass SJR80 and HJR266 with unanimous support.

“For over 100 years, steel and iron manufacturing has been an economic driver in Alabama, and it is currently playing a significant role in Alabama’s flourishing automobile manufacturing sector,” said George Clark, President of Manufacture Alabama. “Today we see wages being slashed and thousands of jobs eliminated, and it is largely attributed to the trade imbalance created by illegal practices of foreign producers, especially those in China, that dump products into our market at prices below the cost of production. It is my hope that the passage of this important resolution will serve as a reminder that a level playing field must be achieved for fair competition.”

Considered the ductile iron pipe capital of the United States, Alabama is a leading steel producer with its products being used in construction, infrastructure, and energy production projects, as well as a variety of end use products including appliances, automobiles and firefighting equipment across the country. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute the steel industry supports 63,000 jobs across the state.

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