|By PR Newswire||
|March 17, 2014 03:00 PM EDT||
WEIRTON, W.Va., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) today received the "Man of Steel" award from the Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute in recognition of his longstanding support for the domestic steel industry. Senator Rockefeller has announced he will retire when his current term expires in January 2015.
For the past three decades, Senator Rockefeller has championed efforts to ensure the long-term viability of the United States steel industry, recognizing its important contribution to the country's economy and its national security. He has worked to defend and enforce United States trade laws, whether on the Senate floor, in the Finance Committee, before the International Trade Commission, or in meetings with government officials. As Chairman of the Senate Steel Caucus, the West Virginia Democrat has led one of the most effective caucuses on Capitol Hill.
"Few Members have been as tenacious in their advocacy on behalf of the domestic steel industry as Senator Rockefeller," said Mike Salamon, President and Chief Operating Officer of Niagara LaSalle Corporation and Chairman of the Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute. "First as Governor and then as United States Senator, Jay Rockefeller has fought tirelessly on behalf of this vital industry, to the benefit of steelworkers here in West Virginia as well as across the country – and to the benefit of our economy as a whole."
The award was presented to Senator Rockefeller in Weirton, West Virginia at an event recognizing his legacy of work with the U.S. steel industry. The Senator was also honored by Leo W. Gerard, the International President of the United Steelworkers (USW) union and by Senate Steel Caucus Vice Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who received the symbolic "reins" of the Caucus from Senator Rockefeller.
The Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute (CFSBI) represents the U.S. cold finished steel bar industry. CFSBI member companies employ thousands of people who make and market products used in everything from airplanes and missiles to refrigerators and sports equipment. Additionally, CFSBI has several associate member companies that produce hot-rolled bar, the principal raw material in cold finished steel bar. CFSBI was instrumental in the creation of the Steel Caucus nearly 40 years ago.
SOURCE The Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute