February 5, 2008

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Jay Larson Appointed as Managing Director, Construction Technical at AISI
Jay Larson, P.E., F.ASCE, of the Steel Framing Alliance’s (SFA) Research Team and Technology Development Committee, was recently promoted to Managing Director, Construction Technical, at the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). In this new position, Mr. Larson will manage the planning, continuous improvement and implementation of the AISI Construction Standards Development Program and the AISI Construction Codes and Standards Program.

He will also serve as liaison to a new group, the Construction Technical Committee, which will coordinate guidance for the construction technical program with member company and customer association members. The additional emphasis on the construction technical program will support the development of energy codes and sustainability standards and the need for additional fire research, all of which are becoming increasingly important to remain competitive with other materials in the construction marketplace.

“The industry needs a strategic planner who can work with our producer and customer partners to evaluate and address technical opportunities and challenges for steel products in the construction marketplace,” said Robert J. Wills, P.E., AISI’s vice president of construction market development. “Jay’s many years of experience in various aspects of the steel industry uniquely equip him with the relationships and perspective needed to bridge the technical needs for steel with AISI’s resources to meet those needs. I am very confident in Jay’s abilities, and I look forward to working with him to align AISI’s technical and marketing construction activities with industry expectations.”

Mr. Larson was previously the Institute’s director of construction standards development, a position held since joining AISI in 2003. As director of construction standards development, he provided leadership and technical support as secretary of the AISI Committee on Framing Standards. He was also a leader on the SFA’s Research Team, and was secretary of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute Technology Development Committee. His work resulted in a series of successful industry-sponsored research projects and the development of a suite of ANSI-approved and code-adopted design and installation standards for cold-formed steel framing.

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