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Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois proclaims September 18 as SteelDay

September 15, 2009 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois recently signed a proclamation designating September 18 as SteelDay in Illinois, “in recognition of the contributions of our state’s structural steel industry to the economy and infrastructure of the State of Illinois.” SteelDay, the first national day of awareness and interaction with the structural steel industry, will highlight more than 170 networking and learning events nationwide, hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and its members.

The structural steel industry in Illinois annually provides structural framing systems for more than 35 million square feet of new building construction in Illinois and employs more than 2,000 Illinois citizens. It has also demonstrated a large commitment to sustainable construction.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition for SteelDay,” commented Chris Moor, AISC industry mobilization director. “We’re thrilled to be holding an event that celebrates the structural steel industry’s progress and provides opportunity for people across the nation to see firsthand how the structural steel industry is contributing to build America.”

In tribute of downtown Chicago’s structural steel heritage, AISC will host a special SteelDay event in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Surrounded by some of the city’s famous buildings, guests will have the opportunity to explore several education stations on structural steel and its applications, as well as attend a special presentation on sustainable steel construction. An optional tour of Millennium Park structures will also be offered. For more information, please visit www.steelday.org/chicago.

SteelDay is dedicated to providing the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) community, students, universities, and the general public with accessibility to the latest happenings in the structural steel industry. In addition to SteelDay’s Chicago Millennium Park event, steel fabricators, mills, service centers, and other steel facilities throughout the country will open their doors for jobsite and shop tours, educational seminars, and presentations on state-of-the-art industry technologies and products. More information on SteelDay and its events can be found at www.steelday.org.

 

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS: the structural steel industry in Illinois annually provides structural steel framing systems for more than 35 million square feet of new building construction in Illinois; and

WHEREAS: the structural steel industry provides employment for more than 2,000 Illinois citizens; and

WHEREAS: the structural steel industry has demonstrated a significant commitment to sustainable construction through the use of structural steel products made from 93 percent recycled materials from old cars, appliances, stoves, manufacturing waste, curb-side recycling and deconstructed buildings; and

WHEREAS: 98 percent of the structural steel in a building is recycled at the end of the building’s life; and

WHEREAS: structural steel’s high strength-to-weight ratio and low carbon footprint help to minimize environmental impacts; and

WHEREAS: the American Institute of Steel Construction has declared Friday, September 18, 2009 as SteelDay throughout the United States, and will recognize this observance with more than 160 events nationwide; and

WHEREAS: the American Institute of Steel Construction is hosting its national flagship event in Millennium Park in its home city of Chicago, Illinois:

THEREFORE, I, Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim September 18, 2009 as SteelDay in Illinois, in recognition of the contributions of our state’s structural steel industry to the economy and infrastructure of the State of Illinois.

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 For more information contact:
Tasha O'Berski
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
[email protected]

American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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