The American Steel Coalition (ASC), a grassroots alliance of suppliers, customers and individuals who support the domestic steel industry, has announced its reactivation. Michael Romano, vice president, strategic accounts, Nalco Co., who will serve as chairman of the coalition, says the ASC will be “a strong voice in advocating for policies that strengthen the global competitiveness of the American steel industry and the overall U.S. manufacturing sector.”
The announcement also serves to recognize eight companies/individuals who joined with Romano in the American Steel Coalition’s Founders Circle, contributing seed money to get the website developed and to begin recruiting members. The Founders Circle members are: James R. Boughton, SES, LLC; Charles Connors, Sr., Magneco/Metrel Inc., Kevin Fenton, GrafTech International; Steve Harker, Kvaerner North American Construction; George Koenig, Berry Metals Co.; Robert Kuball, Heraeus Electro-Nite Co. LLC; William Rackoff, ASKO, Inc.; and Joe Turner, Shaw Plant Services.
Romano says the coalition will support “strong, pro-manufacturing policies to encourage major industries to stay here in America and to create the millions of jobs needed to restore the economy and get people back to work.” He said one of the immediate objectives of ASC will be to actively recruit other concerned companies and individuals to join the Coalition.