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Governor Corbett Issues Statement on Closing of U.S. Steel’s McKeesport Tubular Facility

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June 2, 2014

Governor Corbett Issues Statement on Closing of U.S. Steel’s McKeesport Tubular Facility

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today issued the following statement in response to U.S. Steel’s decision to close its tubular manufacturing facility in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. U. S. Steel will also idle one of its tubular manufacturing facilities in Texas.  

 

“Pennsylvania has the best workforce in the world and our focus is to now help these workers find full employment,” said Corbett. “Upon learning of U. S. Steel’s decision to idle its McKeesport facility, I directed the Commonwealth Secretary of Labor and Industry to take action and deploy our Rapid Response workforce teams to help identify new opportunities for these skilled and loyal employees.”

 

Earlier today, Gov. Corbett spoke with Mario Longhi, President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Steel, who advised the governor that the decision to idle the Texas facility and the McKeesport facility was strongly influenced by the unfair and illegal trading practices of tubular products imported into the United States.


“Steel manufacturing is a critical segment of Pennsylvania’s economy and I cannot stress enough the importance of enforcing our country’s trade laws. Unfair and illegal trading practices cost Pennsylvania jobs,” Corbett said. “This is an urgent and time-sensitive issue, as every day that illegal imports enter the U.S. market below fair value, is a day when the security of Pennsylvania’s steel manufacturing industry is harmed,” continued Corbett.

On May 1, 2014, Gov. Corbett sent the President a letter urging the U.S. Department of Commerce to thoroughly investigate the unfair trading practices of foreign exporters who circumvent international trade laws to sell steel products at less than fair value.  In February 2014, the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration announced a preliminary ruling that imposed anti-dumping duties on eight of these countries. However, no such duties were imposed on South Korea, the largest exporter of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) into the United States.

The Department of Labor & Industry’s Rapid Response unit provides workers who are facing a layoff with information on retraining, continuing education, job-seeking, health insurance and unemployment benefits to help them transition to re-employment.

Media contact:    

Valerie Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116

Sara Goulet, L&I; 717-787-5279

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