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Steel Groups Weigh in on ‘Buy America’
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 31, 2012 at 2:42 PM.

roger_ferch_interview_metalminer1.jpgWith transportation infrastructure spending a key issue in Congress, MetalMiner (a sourcing and trading intelligence website for global metals markets) recently interviewed Roger Ferch, NSBA executive director and Jennifer Diggins, director of public affairs for Nucor Corp., to get an update on the Buy America legislation and its effect on U.S. manufacturers.


In the interview Ferch discusses how contractors on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project skirted Buy America provisions to procure structural steel and labor from China, potentially costing hundreds or even thousands of jobs for U.S. steel industry workers. NSBA has been active in voicing its objections to purchasing foreign steel and off-shore fabrication for U.S. domestic projects such as the Bay Bridge project.


Watch Ferch’s video interview segment on the MetalMiner website at


In Diggins’ interview she clarifies common misconceptions of the Buy America legislation, and offers her perspective on how prospective U.S. presidential candidates would serve the country’s manufacturing industry and job creation.


Watch Diggins’ video interview segment on the MetalMiner website at


NSBA and AISC encourage the steel community to take action on Buy America issues and contact their local representatives through the NSBA/AISC Legislative Action page at

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