SSAB Americas to move division head office to Mobile

October 23, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, America’s division of global steelmaker SSAB announced that they plan to relocate the division’s head office from suburban Chicago to Mobile, bringing 60 jobs to Alabama.

Since 2001, the company has operated a steel mill in nearby Axis, which employs nearly 600 workers and produces more than 1 million tons of high-quality steel plates each year.

“Mobile is a growing community with a booming economy; we are excited to expand our presence in the area as a trusted employer and community partner,” SSAB Americas’ President Chuck Schmitt said. “Moving our team to Mobile will ensure that our senior leaders and support staff work in closer proximity to our front-line operations, where key decisions are made for our business and customers.”

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“Buy America” policies are good for Alabama

July 24, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

President Trump recently devoted a week to celebrating the importance of “Made in America” products with special events at the White House. I was pleased to see the President shining a spotlight on the many first-class items produced here in the United States.

I often meet with manufacturing leaders from across Alabama during their visits to Washington, DC or during visits to their facilities back in Alabama. We discuss issues affecting our state’s manufacturing industry, the importance of infrastructure investments, as well as policy ideas that will spur industry growth, create jobs, and boost our local economy.
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Jefferson County GOP Chairwoman calls for action on Chinese steel dumping

July 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 13, 2017, Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Sallie Bryant sent a letter to US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging the Secretary to act on what she calls “unfair” Chinese trade practices that allow that country’s steel to be dumped on the American marketplace, impacting residents and business owners all across Jefferson County.

Chairman Bryant said in a statement, “It is no secret Birmingham has a rich history in steel manufacturing. Birmingham was once one of the nation’s leading iron and steel producers. The proximity of our natural resources provided the nation’s lowest raw-material assembly cost of its time resulting in the nickname, ‘Pittsburgh of the South.’”
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Strange meets with steel workers

April 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 17, 2017, US Senator Luther Strange (R) was in Tuscaloosa following the Trump Administration’s $1 billion proposal to revitalize ailing infrastructure nationwide.  Senator Strange met with steel workers at the Nucor Plate facility in Tuscaloosa.

Sen. Strange said, “The President’s infrastructure plan has enormous potential to infuse fresh investment and job growth into Alabama manufacturing, and the steel produced here in Tuscaloosa and across the state will be the steel that builds a new generation of bridges and roads across America.  I am proud of the hard work being done here in Tuscaloosa, and I am committed to putting domestic producers at the head of the line as we break ground on this exciting new era.”
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Palmer Makes EPA Chief Watch Video of Struggling Alabama Coal Miners

June 27, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Generations of Alabamians earned a living digging the coal that powered America’s industrial revolution. The coal was used to make steel, power factories, and burned by power plants to make electricity for our homes. Strenuous new regulations on American industry by President Barack H. Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has forced power plants and other industries to look for other sources of energy or close down. This has led to a precipitous loss of coal jobs.
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Sessions Testifies On Behalf Of Alabama Steelworkers

October 7, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, October 6 U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R from Alabama) testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission about the impact that illicit trade practices by other countries have harmed Alabama and U.S. steel workers and their families.

Sen. Sessions said, “I am here to respectfully urge an affirmative decision in the current antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigation on certain welded line pipe imports from Korea and Turkey.”
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Bachus Speaks at “SAVE OUR STEEL JOBS” Rally

June 20, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia spoke recently at a “Save Our Steel Jobs” rally held at the US Steel Fairfield Works and Tubular Operations plant in Fairfield, Alabama.

The purpose of the rally was held to raise awareness about the impact that illegal dumping and trade violations by foreign competitors are having on American manufacturers and jobs.

Congressman Bachus told reporters at the event, “U.S. workers and this modern mill can compete with anybody in the world.  But if foreign producers are cheating and not playing by the rules, there is no way you can compete.  If they tilt a football field ten feet on one side every time you’re running the ball, you are not going to win.  This is about jobs, families, our economic security, and our national security because if we can’t manufacture things, we can’t defend ourselves.”
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