Trump has named a former steelworker to his transition team as head of a steel company that has faced protests and criticism for the quality of its product.
The president-elect picked former steelworkers and the U.S. Steel Foundation as well as a former union official to lead the Manufacturing Council, which is tasked with developing the president-eleventh-hour steel industry strategy.
The transition team announced the appointment of Andrew B. Burt, a vice president at the U,S.
Bureau of Engineering and Technology, on Friday.
The council has no official title, but the council is part of the administration’s overall plan to create a manufacturing infrastructure for the United States.
Burt, who has been in the industry for decades, was a consultant for a local steel supplier that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 and is now part of an effort to find a new home for the steelmaking company.
The Manufacturing Council has no formal title, yet it will likely be the vehicle for the administration to get a handle on manufacturing in the United State, which has seen manufacturing jobs drop more than 2 million since 2008, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Trump is also expected to announce the hiring of a new secretary of commerce, who will oversee the U-turn to a manufacturing-focused economy.
The president-election platform is expected to call for a $20 billion boost in the infrastructure budget.