US steel industry applauds Trump’s ‘Buy American’ initiative

US steel industry figureheads are making plenty of positive noises about US President Donald Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order.

Thomas J Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and Philip K Bell, president of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) have both praised the initiative.

According to the AISI’s Gibson, the ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order is ‘another positive step in ensuring the fullest possible implementation and enforcement of existing domestic procurement laws’. He said that the move ensures that the steel industry remains competitive.

“Strong domestic procurement preferences for federally funded infrastructure projects are vital to the health of the domestic steel industry,” said Gibson.  “This latest executive order builds upon President Trump’s April 2017 executive order on this topic, which resulted in stronger compliance with our domestic procurement laws. We applaud President Trump for once again affirming his commitment to the fullest possible implementation of our domestic purchasing laws,” he said.

Meanwhile, the SMA’s Philip K Bell commented: “Buy American programmes support American businesses and create good paying jobs for American workers. The SMA is pleased to see Buy American principles encouraged for use in government funded projects,” he said.

The executive order in question directs federal agencies to encourage recipients of federal funding to meet ‘Buy American’ requirements for steel, iron, aluminium, cement and other products in their projects. The SMA claims to support the Administration in its efforts to promote the use of American-made products in taxpayer-funded projects.