WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded U.S. Steel’s announcement that it would consider expanding its steeling operations in Lorain. Brown and Portman’s efforts were vital to ensuring U.S. Steel was provided necessary relief from Chinese steel pipe imports, and as a result, could maintain its facility in Lorain or potentially expand its operations.
“Today’s announcement is great news for Lorain, Northeast Ohio, and a testament to the strength of Ohio’s manufacturing base,” Brown said. “I will continue to fight illegal Chinese steel pipe imports so companies like U.S. Steel can stay and grow in Ohio. Out state is adding manufacturing jobs for the first time since the 1990s and our hard working men and women are a major reason why. I look forward to U.S. Steel continuing that progress.”
“Ohio’s hard-working manufacturers are second to none, and U.S. Steel’s interest in adding jobs in Northeast Ohio is welcome news for Lorain,” Portman said. “I have stood up for the steel industry and fought to ensure that American manufactured goods are on a level playing field with their global competitors, and I will continue to support these workers in Northeast Ohio and across the country.”
Joining Brown and Portman in applauding U.S. Steel’s announcement was city of Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer.
“U.S. Steel’s expansion announcement speaks volumes about continued growth in the manufacturing sector in Lorain, Ohio,” Ritenauer said. “With a proud, storied history as a steel city, our workforce and end product are second to none. The city looks forward to a continued positive relationship with U.S. Steel along with continued growth opportunities as a result of the bipartisan efforts of our U.S. Senators.”
Brown and Portman have long championed the American steel industry and fought to ensure it can compete fairly against the Chinese and in the international market. In December 2012, Brown and Portman (R-OH) led a group of senators in urging the Commerce Department to maintain antidumping duties (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) on Chinese steel pipe imports. Oil country tubular goods (OCTG) are used for domestic oil exploration, particularly in the shale industry, and are produced in Ohio by U.S. Steel in Lorain, V&M STAR in Youngstown, Wheatland Tube in Warren, and JMC Steel in Brookfield.
In 2009, Brown also testified before the ITC to advocate for the defense of U.S. steel and domestic steel pipe producers from unfair OCTG. The ITC's ruling led to a border measure on imports to support domestic producers of steel pipe. By addressing illegal Chinese trade practices, this decision helped increase demand for domestic production.