LORAIN — United States Steel Corp.’s Lorain Tubular Operations is among the steel pipe makers losing business because of cheap imports, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said.

On July 15, the U.S. International Trade Commission heard testimony about the steel market and how imported pipes from nine countries are hurting American-made pipes used in gas and oil exploration. The ITC is expected to rule in mid-August on the case.

Brown included U.S. Steel among four Ohio companies, with JMC in Warren, TMK in Brookfield and Vallourec in Youngstown, that could go out of business because of unfair trade practices involving oil country tubular goods, or OCTG pipes.

Two Korean OCTG producers represent the biggest share of imports flooding the U.S. market, but the companies have no domestic market of their own, Brown said.

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