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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Honored for Commitment to Metals Industry


August 13, 2015
By Business Wire News

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) today awarded its Congressional Leadership Award to Sen. Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia. The award was presented by MSCI Vice President of Finance and Government Affairs Jonathan Kalkwarf at Huntington Steel & Supply, a family-owned and operated steel service center with 83 employees and operations in Huntington, W. Va., Morgantown, W. Va. and Pikeville, Ky.

“MSCI is proud to give its Congressional Leadership Award to Sen. Manchin for his work on behalf of the metals industry in the 113th Congress,” Kalkwarf said. “In particular, Sen. Manchin is a leader on energy issues. He understands an all-of-the-above energy policy is necessary to keep U.S. manufacturers competitive globally and we are grateful for his votes to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline and to oppose costly Environmental Protection Agency emissions rules.”

The Metals Service Center Institute established its Congressional Leadership Award in 2005 to recognize elected representatives who demonstrate a commitment to the health and well-being of its members—the industrial metals supply chain—and its members’ manufacturing customers.

“I am honored to receive MSCI’s Congressional Leadership Award,” Sen. Manchin said. “I stand beside MSCI in its efforts to oppose the EPA’s regulatory overreach, which will not only cost many hard-working West Virginians their jobs, but will also reduce the reliability of the nation’s power grid and substantially increase costs for American job creators in all industries.”

“In a city where too many lawmakers never deviate from the party line, Sen. Manchin is one of the few we can count on to put American consumers and job creators above partisan politics,” Kalkwarf concluded. “We appreciate his courage and commitment to strengthening our industry and the U.S. economy.”

About MSCI

Founded in 1909, MSCI has nearly 400 members operating from more than 1,500 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and throughout the world. A recent study shows the American metals industry accounts for nearly 2.5 million jobs and the economic contribution of the industry is more than $552 billion, or more than 3.5 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.

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