‘This Mill Is Everything in This Community.’

Cathalijne Adams

Cathalijne Adams Researcher, AAM

A year after Section 232 tariffs on imported steel were put in place, Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul returns to Coatesville, Pa., to sit down with local steelworkers and examine how the city is faring in the latest episode of The Manufacturing Report podcast.  

Though a flood of foreign imports threatened the future of Coatesville’s mill, a critical contributor to U.S. national security as a supplier of specialized armored plating, the tide has begun to turn. 

The mill, which has shaped the community for more than 200 years, has hired over 50 new employees over the last year with employment sustained at 535 workers. And more than 600 applicants have applied to join them, steelworkers Vonie Long and Fred Grumbine report in the episode. 

Though workers at Coatesville’s mill are certainly seeing the benefit of their mill’s recovery following Section 232 trade action, the entire community is in the midst of a revival. Peter Lymberis, co-owner of Little Chef restaurant in Coatesville, has seen the bustle of work at the mill and the resulting orders for his restaurant for himself.

“This mill means everything,” Grumbine said. “For a few years now, we’ve been going through a revitalization here, but I see big things back on the horizon. We were at a stalemate there for a while, and I feel that if we didn’t have the mill here, we couldn’t get back to it. The mill is everything in this community.”

However, Coatesville is not alone in its success. Both Fairfield, Ala., and Lone Star, Texas, have seen their own comebacks with restarts and expansions announced just this year.

Listen to the full episode to learn more about Coatesville’s recovery.

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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Steel for Wind Power

From the USW

From tumbledown bridges to decrepit roads and failing water systems, crumbling infrastructure undermines America’s safety and prosperity. In coming weeks, Union Matters will delve into this neglect and the urgent need for a rebuilding campaign that creates jobs, fuels economic growth and revitalizes communities. 

Siemens Gamesa last month laid off 130 workers at its turbine blade manufacturing plant in Iowa, just months after GE Renewable Energy decided to close an Arkansas factory and eliminate 470 jobs.

The companies reported shrinking demand for their products, even though U.S. consumption of wind energy increases every year.

America’s prosperity depends not only on harnessing this crucial energy source but also ensuring that highly skilled U.S. workers build the components with the cleanest technology available.

Right now, the nation relies on imported steel and turbine components from foreign manufacturers like China while America’s own steel industry—well equipped for this production—struggles because of dumping and other unfair trade practices.

Steel makes up the bulk of turbine hubs and the wind towers themselves. It’s also used to make the cranes and platforms necessary for installing the towers.

Yet the potential boon to America’s steel industry is just one reason to ramp up domestic production of wind energy infrastructure.

American steel production ranks among the cleanest in the world, while China has the highest carbon emissions of any steelmaking nation and flouts environmental regulations.

The nation’s highly-skilled steelmaking workforce must play an essential role in the deeply-needed revitalization and modernization of the nation’s failing infrastructure. Producing the components for harnessing wind energy domestically and cleanly is an important step that will put Americans to work and position the United States to be world leaders in this growing industry.

 

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