Imports push U.S. Steel to lay off McKeesport tubular workers

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Per PPG

Monongahela, PA

#1 Nov 30, 2012
U.S. Steel said today it is laying off more than half of the work force at its tubular plant in McKeesport, citing competitive pressure from imports.
Spokeswoman Courtney Boone said the company will layoff 142 hourly workers represented by the United Steelworkers union in order to bring staffing in line with production levels. The company cannot speculate on when they might be brought back, she said.
About 95 workers will remain on the job.
Ms. Boone said the company believes much of the import pressure comes from subsidized imports that violate trade laws.
The mill welds sheet steel into tubes for energy and other markets and can produce 315,000 tons annually.
U.S. Steel's tubular business has benefitted from a boom in natural gas production from Marcellus shale, a phenomenon chairman and chief executive officer John P. Surma has called the best thing to happen to U.S. manufacturers in the past 25 years.
When it forecast its fourth-quarter outlook in October, U.S. Steel said it expected the tubular unit would remain profitable, but would post results much lower than the $102 million operating income it reported in the third quarter. It said prices would be lower and shipments would be significantly lower.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/...
Gallop Pool

Mckeesport, PA

#2 Nov 30, 2012
Per PPG wrote:
U.S. Steel said today it is laying off more than half of the work force at its tubular plant in McKeesport, citing competitive pressure from imports.
Spokeswoman Courtney Boone said the company will layoff 142 hourly workers represented by the United Steelworkers union in order to bring staffing in line with production levels. The company cannot speculate on when they might be brought back, she said.
About 95 workers will remain on the job.
Ms. Boone said the company believes much of the import pressure comes from subsidized imports that violate trade laws.
The mill welds sheet steel into tubes for energy and other markets and can produce 315,000 tons annually.
U.S. Steel's tubular business has benefitted from a boom in natural gas production from Marcellus shale, a phenomenon chairman and chief executive officer John P. Surma has called the best thing to happen to U.S. manufacturers in the past 25 years.
When it forecast its fourth-quarter outlook in October, U.S. Steel said it expected the tubular unit would remain profitable, but would post results much lower than the $102 million operating income it reported in the third quarter. It said prices would be lower and shipments would be significantly lower.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/...
I wonder how the 142 voted on November 6?
More to the Story

Mckeesport, PA

#3 Dec 1, 2012
Also, is Obamacare at work(no pun intended)??
Santa Claus Wins

Mckeesport, PA

#4 Dec 1, 2012
More to the Story wrote:
Also, is Obamacare at work(no pun intended)??
The 142 will be much better off with all the Obama entitlements and unemployment checks. Why work -- we will make more not working.

Santa Claus just got 142 votes and their families. I love this successful Santa Claus election strategy.
Santa Claus Express

Mckeesport, PA

#5 Dec 2, 2012
Santa Claus is on his way to McKeesport with a bag full of DC entitlements for the recently unemployed.

Who is the blame for this-- Bush again?
Temperature trend

West Mifflin, PA

#6 Dec 3, 2012
Several companies went under after the elections. A new diet from the Wonderbread Company closures.

Any representatives available for comment about the 142 layoffs?
Temperature trend

West Mifflin, PA

#7 Dec 3, 2012
How long will the remaining 95 workers remain on the job?
John Q

United States

#8 Dec 3, 2012
This is Freakin AWESOME!!! Drive the Port further down the pit of dispair!!! This place deserves everythng it is getting!!!! NIIIIICCCCEEEEE!!!!!!
Secret insider

United States

#9 Dec 3, 2012
The self proclaimed best businessman in the Port's history was heard laughing all the way to the bank on this one!! More Welfare checks to spend at his Devil Worship sessions every 2 weeks over on beacon st.!!!
thirdstreet

Olympia, WA

#10 Dec 3, 2012
All they need is a rise in national-istic fervor, and a blockade of foreign steel under the rubric of illegal dumping and findings of currency manipulation, and a resurgence of federal and state funding the rebuilding of the US infrastructure to get the domestic steel industry and associative firms back to work.----Or a world war.

---- Prophet Atlantis of Olympia, Wa -----
Well DUHn liberals

Pittsburgh, PA

#11 Dec 4, 2012
When employees demand high wages for less work, when consumers demand more and better product for less money, when companies have to spend millions in conforming to BS epa policies, what do you think will happen?
Permanent layoffs

West Mifflin, PA

#12 Jan 6, 2013
Per PPG wrote:
U.S. Steel said today it is laying off more than half of the work force at its tubular plant in McKeesport, citing competitive pressure from imports.
Spokeswoman Courtney Boone said the company will layoff 142 hourly workers represented by the United Steelworkers union in order to bring staffing in line with production levels. The company cannot speculate on when they might be brought back, she said.
About 95 workers will remain on the job.
Ms. Boone said the company believes much of the import pressure comes from subsidized imports that violate trade laws.
The mill welds sheet steel into tubes for energy and other markets and can produce 315,000 tons annually.
U.S. Steel's tubular business has benefitted from a boom in natural gas production from Marcellus shale, a phenomenon chairman and chief executive officer John P. Surma has called the best thing to happen to U.S. manufacturers in the past 25 years.
When it forecast its fourth-quarter outlook in October, U.S. Steel said it expected the tubular unit would remain profitable, but would post results much lower than the $102 million operating income it reported in the third quarter. It said prices would be lower and shipments would be significantly lower.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/...
Its because Ryco in McKeesport used parts from China.

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