June 2, 2014
United States Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, has announced it will indefinitely idle two tubular steel manufacturing facilities in McKeesport, Pa., and Bellville, Texas, in early August, affecting about 260 employees.
According to the company, the action is a result of business conditions that are influenced by unfairly traded tubular products imported into the U.S. The indefinite idling of these loss-making operations will reduce the number of U. S. Steel's tubular steel facilities from 10 to eight, but will enable the company to operate more profitably as it repositions to meet future customer demand.
U. S. Steel, along with other domestic producers, has filed an antidumping action with the U.S. Department of Commerce to halt the unfair trading and dumping of foreign oil country tubular goods (OCTG) into the U.S. market.
The company continues to produce and finish tubular products at its facilities in Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio, and Texas, where it employs about 2,900 employees.