Antitrust Policy


AISC Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiary organizations are a not for profit corporation ("AISC" or "Institute"), organized to serve and advance the steel construction industry.  The purpose is to provide, through its technical committees, and other activities, a common meeting ground where steel mills, fabricators, detailers, suppliers, erectors, engineers, academics and others can become informed of current developments in the steel construction industry and otherwise advance that industry's contribution to the general public. AISC is not intended to, and may not, play any role in competitive decisions of its members or their employers, nor in any way restrict competition among participants in the steel construction industry.

It shall be the responsibility of every member of AISC to be guided by the Institute's policy of strict compliance with the antitrust laws in all AISC activities. It shall be the special responsibility of committee chairmen, AISC officers and staff to assure that this policy is known and adhered to in the course of activities pursued under their leadership.

To assist the AISC staff and all of its officers, directors and committee chairmen in recognizing situations which may raise the appearance of an antitrust problem, the Board will as a matter of policy furnish to each such person the Institute's General Rules of Antitrust Compliance. Should questions arise as to the manner in which the antitrust laws may apply to the activities of AISC or any committee or chapter thereof, such questions shall be directed to AISC's headquarters and/or its counsel, as appropriate.

Antitrust compliance is the responsibility of every AISC member. Any knowing violation of the AISC general rules of antitrust compliance or with this general policy by an AISC member will result in that person's immediate suspension from the membership in the Institute, and immediate removal from any Institute office held.  

General Rules of Antitrust Compliance

The following rules are applicable to all AISC activities and must be observed in all situations and under all circumstances without exception or qualification:

1. Neither AISC Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiary organizations nor any committee or activity of AISC, shall be used for the purpose of bringing about or attempting to bring about any understanding or agreement, written or oral, formal or informal, express or implied, among competitors with regard to prices, terms or conditions of sale, distribution, volume of production, territories or customers. This includes without limitation, the LLC's, the Boards, the Committees, and the Divisions,

2. No AISC activity or communication shall include discussion for any purpose or in any fashion of pricing methods, production quotas, or other limitations on the timing, costs, volume, production, terms of sale, or allocation of territories or customers.

3. No AISC activity or communication shall include any discussion which might be construed as an attempt to prevent any person or business entity from gaining access to any market or customer for goods or services, or to prevent any business entity from obtaining a supply of goods, or otherwise purchasing goods or services freely in the market.

4. All decisions and recommendations of AISC and its committees which involve standardization of engineering practices or material configuration or composition shall be based upon engineering and scientific evaluation consistently applied.  No such decision or recommendation shall be based upon consideration of market advantage to any participant or group of participants in the industry.

5. No AISC activity or communication shall include any discussion which might be construed as an agreement or an understanding to refrain from purchasing any raw materials, equipment, services or other supplies from any supplier.

6. In informal discussions at the site of an AISC meeting, but beyond the control of its Chairman, all members are expected to observe the same standards of personal conduct as are required of the AISC in its compliance with these antitrust guidelines.