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The Town Hall Forum provides an insider’s view into today’s steel industry from the people who know: a panel of respected leaders from some of the industry’s best-regarded companies. The Town Hall Forum’s moderated discussion format will explore a variety of key opportunities and concerns impacting everyone involved in the steel community.


The 2018 Town Hall Panelists


James Bruno
senior vice president – Automotive Solutions

Mark Millett
president and chief
executive officer

Lourenco Goncalves
president and chief executive officer, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

B. Thad Solomon
vice president and
general manager


George Koenig
Town Hall Forum Chair

Jon Delano


2018: Trump and the Section 232 Steel Tariffs – Decisive or Divisive?

After months of uncertainty, President Trump followed through on a promise to reinvigorate the U.S. steel industry, setting a broad tariff on imported steel. American producers, who have for decades seen their businesses devalued by unfairly traded products, are applauding. But steel end users and allies are concerned. We'll explore the decision and the potential outcomes, along with other factors influencing the global steel industry today.
Topics to be addressed include:

  • Does the imposition of the steel tariff mark the beginning of a meaningful attempt to address global capacity? Or will it yield unintended consequences for the industry and the broader economy?

  • Who, if anyone, should be exempt?

  • How could the tariff potentially alter market dynamics?

  •  What forces are impelling the capital investment?

  • How will new automotive technologies impact steel demand?

  • In an economy near or at full employment, which strategies are bearing fruit in terms of maintaining a skilled and talented workforce?

The Town Hall Forum’s moderated discussion format gives attendees a deeper understanding of the factors that help determine the direction of not just an individual company, but also the larger steel industry. The Town Hall Forum is open to all exhibitors, students, full conference registrants and one-day registrants for Wednesday, 9 May 2018.