“Dura-Bond Pipe laid off 145 workers and moved their jobs overseas,” candidate Trump said during a riff on the “theft of American prosperity.” The drive-by comment reverberated here in Duquesne, at Dura-Bond Industries.
Jason Norris, president of the family-owned company, said Dura-Bond laid off a shift at its Steelton pipe mill near Harrisburg in 2008 but had added staff during the economic recovery.
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The edict was manna from heaven for a company such as Export, Pa.-based Dura-Bond, which has supplied a number of pipeline projects in the region, including Sunoco Logistics' ongoing Mariner East work. “As goofy as Trump is — and he is unorthodox — he has the right idea to want to try to help American manufacturers,” said Norris, 47, the third generation of his family to operate Dura-Bond. The plant, idled in 2014, is the last remnant of the gigantic National Tube Works in Mc Keesport, Pa., which a century ago was America’s center of pipe-making. Although worldwide demand has doubled over the last four decades, U. production of steel and tubular products has largely leveled off, and U. “You have to be able to compete with companies that aren't playing by the same rules." China now produces half the world’s crude steel, and its dominance in steel pipe is even more dramatic: In 2014, it made about 65 percent of the world’s tubular steel of all sizes, according to the World Steel Association.
“And we're happy he specifically called out pipe.” Though it is unclear how the government will be able to legally implement Trump's order requiring private-sector pipeline operators to buy only American pipe, the gesture could not come at a more propitious time for Dura-Bond. 24 presidential order, Dura-Bond announced it had acquired a shuttered former U. Now, it is mostly cleared waterfront brownfields and empty warehouses. Steel and is leasing the 317,000-square-foot plant from the Regional Industrial Development Corp., which owns the property. Much of the pipe for the Keystone XL Pipeline, which Trump revived after it was stalled by the Obama administration, was manufactured from Chinese steel at pipe mills in India.
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