Skip to comments.U.S. Steel Corp. to idle McKeesport's Tubular Products plant
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.
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They still have a steel plant near Pittsburgh? Who knew?
We’re Frac country now. Didn’t you hear-the Steelers are changing their name to the Gassers.
Jurassic ****-hole ping.
“They still have a steel plant near Pittsburgh? Who knew?”
In a few years nobody will.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ll bet that’s it. Cheaper and better quality non union.
Look for the Union Label.
Two words. China, India.
“Two words. China, India”
I’ll add another one...politician.
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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.
December 2012 big layoffs:
Barry speaks at U.S. Steel in Mifflin...
“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.”
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.
IIRC a locomotive co. was going to build high speed trains (Budd, maglev?) in a plant along the river.
What ever happened with that?
Maglev was like green energy on rails.
I worked in those mills in McKeesport and I’m very surprised it lasted this long.