Decision Will Protect Over 250 Jobs in Marion Ohio and Potentially Add 15 New Jobs At the Mill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) welcomed the announcement that Nucor will be investing $85 million to upgrade the rolling mill at its steel bar mill in Marion, Ohio. Nucor Steel Marion, Inc. is Ohio’s largest producer of rebar and signpost, capable of producing over 400,000 tons annually.  The project is expected to keep more than 250 jobs in the region.  Portman’s staff reached out directly to Nucor to advocate for this expansion project.

“I welcome and thank Nucor for their continued investment in the Buckeye state,” said Portman. “Manufacturing is the backbone of our economy and this decision will keep jobs in Marion.  I look forward to continuing to work with JobsOhio, Columbus 2020, and others to help grow this investment further.”

Portman continues to work directly with Ohio economic development officials and Chambers of Commerce in every region of our state to support manufacturing in Ohio.  Portman is the co-author of the Leveling the Playing Field Act that will help manufacturers like Nucor.

In June 2013, the ITC ruled in favor of maintaining the existing anti-dumping orders against unfairly traded imports of steel concrete rebar. Two months before, Senator Portman, Senator Brown, and a bipartisan group of senators urged the ITC to maintain antidumping orders covering imported steel concrete reinforcing bar. This protects American-made rebar, including that produced at Nucor Steel Marion, Inc. and Cincinnati’s David J. Joseph Company & Byer Steel Group, from rebar imports that are illegally undercutting the U.S. market.

Portman also led efforts to enact the ENFORCE Act, which President Obama signed into law in early 2016, and cracks down on customs evasion. He has also twice voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which is critical to help struggling Ohioans. Portman has a long record of backing workers and families through TAA.  Portman and Brown recently wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary Pritzker urging full implementation of the Leveling the Playing Field Act.

Making steel is a part of Ohio’s identity. Ohio is the number two steel-producing state in the Union, and 54 of Ohio’s 88 counties have at least one iron and steel industry establishment. Salaries for those in Ohio’s steel industry average $63,500. Senator Portman wants to keep these good jobs right here in the Buckeye State.