Portman Praises Trump Administration Action to Protect Steel Jobs at Cleveland-Cliffs


Portman Worked to Bring All Parties Together and Protect American Steel Industry Jobs


May 4, 2020 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH – Today, U.S. Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the Trump Administration for taking decisive action designed to protect jobs at Cleveland-Cliffs, an Ohio company and the last U.S. producer of grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES). GOES is a necessary component of our electrical grid, which is part of our critical infrastructure and key to our national security. Portman released the following statement:  

“I’m grateful to the Trump Administration for taking decisive action designed to save America’s last producer of grain-oriented electrical steel. This steel is an important component of our electric grid, which is part of our critical infrastructure and key to our national security. From the initial data we have, it appears that imports from Canada and Mexico, in circumvention of the Administration’s existing section 232 tariffs, have put Cleveland-Cliff’s grain-oriented electrical steel production, and the workers who produce that steel, at grave risk.  

“I worked to bring parties together, and urged the Commerce Department to self-initiate a Section 232 investigation into grain oriented electrical steel products as a responsible and necessary step to safeguard our country's national security and support the 1500 workers who make this vital product. I want to thank CEO Lourenco Goncalves and his team at Cleveland-Cliffs for working with the Trump Administration to help make this happen. With threats of foreign steel companies undercutting quality American products, it’s more important than ever to make sure we protect the American steel industry and the hard working Ohioans that depend on it.” 

NOTE: Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs is among the largest vertically integrated producers of value-added iron ore and steel products in North America. In March 2020, the company completed the acquisition of AK Steel, which has locations in Butler County, Ohio and was the last domestic producer of grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES) in the United States.

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