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Ohio companies win battle against cheap foreign steel

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Steelworkers in a Warren plant could benefit from a Wednesday United States International Trade Commission decision to "level the playing field" in favor of petitioning US steel companies.

The unanimous vote determined that U.S. cold-rolled steel industries are materially injured by subsidized Chinese and Japanese imports.   

As a result, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue additional duties on imports of certain steel products from China and Japan.   

The ruling stemmed from a petition filed last July by five American steel companies.  ArcelorMittal, one of the petitioning companies, has operated a plant in Warren since the 1920s.

Arcelor's Warren plant employs 172 workers and converts coal into coke, one of the steps in the steel-making process.  

Both of Ohio's U.S. Senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, applauded the ruling, saying it would benefit the Ohio steel industry.

Senator Brown called the decision good news and said that it, "will hold China and Japan accountable for their actions and provide needed relief to our domestic steel industry."  

Brown, alongside Senator Portman, testified in support of the petition and Ohio workers in May.   

The ruling, according to Portman, was needed because, "Ohio steelworkers produce the highest quality steel in the world, and yet nearly 1,500 Ohio steelworkers were laid off last year."   

Portman said that, ultimately, "[Wednesday's] ruling is the next step in leveling the playing field, and it is a big win for Ohio steelworkers."   

Further steps may be on the way.  The Department of Commerce is still due to issue final decisions in the case regarding Brazil, India, Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

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