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U.S. Steel Corp. to idle McKeesport's Tubular Products plant
Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | June 2, 2014 | Patrick Cloonan

Posted on 06/04/2014 6:22:14 PM PDT by RS_Rider

Three years after it resumed operation of the last vestige of the old National Tube Works, U.S. Steel is pulling the plug on pipemaking in McKeesport.

McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said he is “extremely disappointed” with U.S. Steel Corp.'s announcement on Monday that it will idle indefinitely its McKeesport Tubular Operations effective in early August.

“I think it is devastating for the entire Mon Valley region,” the mayor said shortly after receiving word about the shutdown of plants in McKeesport and Bellville, Texas, two of 10 plants in the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker's Tubular Products division.

The announcement came 60 days before the idling of the two plants because of requirements in the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification or WARN Act. It is a cost-cutting move in line with a company initiative called the Carnegie Way, which U.S. Steel previously said will yield $290 million in benefits this year.

(Excerpt) Read more at triblive.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: mckeesport; overregulation; pipe; steel; uss
I didn't see this posted on FR and wondered if anyone out there has some insight. Seems strange, with all the oil & gas activity going on in this region I would think that there's a strong market for pipe. I live near by and see huge stockpiles of product waiting to be delivered, over the past couple of years it looked like business was doing well.
1 posted on 06/04/2014 6:22:14 PM PDT by RS_Rider
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To: RS_Rider

They still have a steel plant near Pittsburgh? Who knew?


2 posted on 06/04/2014 6:23:14 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Steely Tom

We’re Frac country now. Didn’t you hear-the Steelers are changing their name to the Gassers.


3 posted on 06/04/2014 6:41:29 PM PDT by almcbean
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To: martin_fierro

Jurassic ****-hole ping.


4 posted on 06/04/2014 6:43:17 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Steely Tom

“They still have a steel plant near Pittsburgh? Who knew?”

In a few years nobody will.


5 posted on 06/04/2014 6:44:27 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: RS_Rider
I didn't see this posted on FR and wondered if anyone out there has some insight. Seems strange, with all the oil & gas activity going on in this region I would think that there's a strong market for pipe. I live near by and see huge stockpiles of product waiting to be delivered, over the past couple of years it looked like business was doing well.

This closure was news to me and am not sure what it means. The pipeline production according to US Steel Vice President I know comes out of Texas.
6 posted on 06/04/2014 6:44:39 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: RS_Rider

They say that foreign producers are ‘dumping’ pipe, and they can’t compete at these plants.

It is a lot more than 180 jobs at the McKeesport works. There are ten times that many in other companies that coat, transport and provide supplies and services to the tubular products plant. All those are done too.

The irony is that the demand for the product has never been higher. Directional drillers and pipeline companies are going crazy trying to link up all these wells to the market.


7 posted on 06/04/2014 6:46:32 PM PDT by SargeK
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To: RS_Rider

I got a call from a recruiter the other day wanting me to move to Alabama because a steel plant was expanding operations there. The recruiter said the new products they would be adding are from plants in other parts of the country that were being shuttered. Maybe has something to do with it.


8 posted on 06/04/2014 6:52:47 PM PDT by barmag25 (There is nothing that a man needs that he can't find in the North Georgia mountains.)
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To: SargeK

Doesn’t sound good for the Irvin works either.
A couple of years ago they shut down the Fisher Body plant and tore down everything on the site.


9 posted on 06/04/2014 6:52:51 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: barmag25

I was taking a machining class last year and our instructor worked for a company that used pipe product, he said that the quality of the pipe from USS was so bad that they had to go elsewhere for material. His company is located in McKeesport.
Maybe the union environment and plant equipment condition makes it more profitable to build the pipe elsewhere and ship it to PA for the drillers.


10 posted on 06/04/2014 7:00:18 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: RS_Rider

I’ll bet that’s it. Cheaper and better quality non union.


11 posted on 06/04/2014 7:15:22 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: RS_Rider

Look for the Union Label.

12 posted on 06/04/2014 7:16:29 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: RS_Rider

Two words. China, India.


13 posted on 06/04/2014 7:17:27 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

“Two words. China, India”

I’ll add another one...politician.


14 posted on 06/04/2014 7:22:29 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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15 posted on 06/04/2014 8:02:02 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: RS_Rider

I was a pipe inspector years ago.

When I was an inspector US pipe had a reject rate anywhere from 10%-25% average. Some I inspected had a reject rate close to 99%, bad upsetting.

Sounds like nothing has changed in 20 years.


16 posted on 06/04/2014 8:46:43 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: RS_Rider

December 2012 big layoffs:

http://www.wtae.com/news/local/allegheny/U-S-Steel-lays-off-McKeesport-Tubular-Operations-workers/17607738#!UMJLF


17 posted on 06/04/2014 8:55:02 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: ltc8k6

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2014/01/29/President-Obama-land-in-Pittsburgh-headed-to-West-Mifflin/stories/201401290121

Barry speaks at U.S. Steel in Mifflin...


18 posted on 06/04/2014 9:00:31 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: ltc8k6

“The president drew the loudest applause from the friendly audience, estimated by a plant fire marshal at 1,500, when he praised labor’s role in securing their pay packages.”

Well...


19 posted on 06/04/2014 9:07:57 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: martin_fierro

Joj


20 posted on 06/04/2014 9:19:03 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Remember, this is an administration which will not profile terrorists, but profile patriots? /Newt)
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To: martin_fierro

Oh wow...I have driven past that old place dozens of times (I think it’s been torn down though).

This is just the tip of the proverbial ice burg floating up the Mon River....the troika of high USS union wages; union shop deficiencies (who cares if we make bad tubes—we still get paid!); and soon to come ENDING of fracking/oil production as we have had for last few years (can we all say Gov Wolfe!) will all serve to END any manufacturing or boom in SW PA. Again.

Wolfe views himself (IMO) as a mini me Dem of Andrew Cuomo up in NY...not a Corbett fan, but will gladly pinch my nose and cast my vote for him (oil natural gas jobs) in Nov. With the Dem take over of Harrisburg they I fear is coming we can “celebrate” same sex marriage along the greenie converted bike trails that used to serve as the rail lines of prosperity.


21 posted on 06/05/2014 1:12:18 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom ( Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you...)
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To: RS_Rider

IIRC a locomotive co. was going to build high speed trains (Budd, maglev?) in a plant along the river.
What ever happened with that?


22 posted on 06/05/2014 3:23:44 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Vinnie

Maglev was like green energy on rails.

http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_748671.html


23 posted on 06/05/2014 9:40:40 AM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: RS_Rider

I worked in those mills in McKeesport and I’m very surprised it lasted this long.


24 posted on 06/05/2014 1:05:22 PM PDT by hometoroost
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