News for Immediate Release
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.
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
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.
Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Sara Goulet, L&I; 717-787-5279