U.S. Steel Announces $1.2 Billion Investment to Upgrade Pennsylvania Facilities…

The U.S. Steel and Aluminum industry has been a key focus of President Trump in an effort to reestablish a critical industry for America. Part of the administration strategy was broad-based tariffs aimed at curbing China’s dumping of government subsidized product globally. The broad global application of the tariffs defeated the Chinese trans-shipment strategy to avoid them.

Despite opposition from Wall Street republicans and democrats purchased by K-Street lobbyists, the administration policy has been exceptionally successful at driving investment into the U.S. manufacturing base.  The multinationals are furious.

(U.S. Steel) United States Steel Corporation is investing more than $1 billion in the place where our reputation as a trusted industry leader was first forged more than a century ago: our Mon Valley Works near Pittsburgh.

The investment involves the construction of a cutting-edge, sustainable endless casting and rolling facility at Mon Valley’s Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, Pa., – the first of its kind in the United States – and a new cogeneration facility with state-of-the-art emissions control technology at the nearby Clairton Plant in Clairton, Pa. (link)

PITTSBURGH May 2, 2019– United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) announced today it will invest more than $1 billion to construct a new sustainable endless casting and rolling facility at its Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, Pa., and a cogeneration facility at its Clairton Plant in Clairton, Pa., both part of the company’s Mon Valley Works.

The cutting-edge endless casting and rolling technology combines thin slab casting and hot rolled band production into one continuous process and will make Mon Valley Works the first facility of this type in the United States, and one of only a handful in the world.

“This is a truly transformational investment for U. S. Steel. We are combining our integrated steelmaking process with industry-leading endless casting and rolling to reinvest in steelmaking and secure the future for a new generation of steelworkers in Western Pennsylvania and the Mon Valley,” said David B. Burritt, President and Chief Executive Officer of U. S. Steel.

“U. S. Steel’s investment in leading technology and advanced manufacturing aligns with our vision to be the industry leader in delivering high-quality, value-added products and innovative solutions that address our customers’ most challenging steel needs for the future. We believe that adding sustainable steel technology to our footprint will create long-term value for our employees, our region, our customers and our investors.” (read more)

 

 

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111 Responses to U.S. Steel Announces $1.2 Billion Investment to Upgrade Pennsylvania Facilities…

  1. apcharles says:

    And with Ohio and Pennsylvania locked up… that just about locks up 2020 as well!

    MAGA friends.

    Let’s go for 400+ electoral votes

    Liked by 17 people

  2. Carolyn Harlan says:

    I’m not so sure about AZ, too many Californians moving here and voting Democrat.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Spaz2.3 says:

      I’m here in the Desert too…and you’re right, Carolyn. I never thought that freak Sinema could get elected here…and was proven wrong. Still hung over from that debacle. But just like in other places…Nevada, Colorado, Florida, Montana…we’ve got those “strange” occurrences that happen with ballot counting. The Democrat machine in action. It’s sad…but AZ is slowly becoming East California. Toss in all the illegals that are here…should be called Far East L.A….

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Carolyn, and from CA and doing the same darn thing they didn’t like here but can’t change to reality and freedom and a far better life. However, be aware that many are leaving as republicans to Tx and hopefully more to AZ. Many leftists have moved from CA to the southern states and will see how quickly they will destroy living conditions and votes that are real there as well.

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    • I live in Las Vegas and I watched this state turn blue in the last mid-term election. This week when I drive around town I see a ton, TON of out of state plates. Most of them are from California and Washington. I am so disappointed to see them. Maybe they are the last of the conservatives from their state and won’t contribute to the further destruction of Nevada. I doubt it.

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  3. franuche says:

    American Steel! I piping designers still cherish their Navco Piping Datalog.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/YZmwiiBLEcHEG3cN9

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  4. rashomon says:

    Investment long needed in our industrial arena! Dollars for the Marshall Plan and Edwards Deming rebuilt Europe and Japan after WWII with the latest and greatest, but much of the U.S. was ignored and sorely worn out after stepping up to fight on two fronts. Our national security requires homegrown industries where we don’t shop a dozen countries for all the parts to produce a product. That leaves too much opportunity for our patents to be stolen and the quality to be compromised.

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    • convert says:

      This!! I hope that fact is drilled into people’s thick skulls every day during election season!!

      Liked by 5 people

    • convert says:

      This!! I hope that fact is drilled into people’s thick skulls every day during election season!!

      Liked by 1 person

    • GB Bari says:

      Our national security requires homegrown industries where we don’t shop a dozen countries for all the parts to produce a product. That leaves too much opportunity for our patents to be stolen and the quality to be compromised.

      The reason why at least 75% of Americans do not understand that very basic and most critical fact is directly attributable to the level of ignorance that continues to be deliberately cultivated in our population by the Communists in academia, the Media, and the DemoncRAT Party..

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  5. sarasotosfan says:

    Keep pushing on!

    Liked by 3 people

  6. What kind of comment has organized labor made about this?

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  7. Beigun says:

    And this comes after US Steel made a $400 million Joint Venture with Kobe Steel a year or so ago. Just a few weeks after the ink dried, Kobe announced that, yes, they fudged the quality standards of their metal products for cars and airplanes. Metal sold under false standards for decades—one hell of a comparative advantage. US Steel was the patsy and no US media reported the sour deal when the heads bowed in unison in Tokyo.

    Ignorance is America’s Achilles’ heel in Asia.

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    • sarasotosfan says:

      Certainly U.S. Steel did not enter into that deal not knowing what was going on. It was a strategic investment in capacity in Asia and I’m sure they struck a good deal.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Beigun says:

        Nobody knew what was going on…but the mea culpa among Japanese companies was far and wide. The list is too long to reference here.

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      • sarasotosfan says:

        Certainly U.S. Steel did not enter into that deal not knowing what was going on. It was a strategic investment in capacity in Asia and I’m sure they struck a good deal.

        Errata: This investment was made in an Ohio based plant to supply automotive steel to US based manufacturers beginning this year. It is a 50/50 joint venture and aims to increase U.S. Steel’s hot-dipped galvanized high strength steel output from .5 million tonnes to 2.0 million short tonnes, according to the Reuters report.

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    • The steel in one 1958 Roadmaster could roll out an entire production year of Corollas. Detroit was, by far, the center of the manufacturing universe worldwide. It was so busy that pedestrians jammed the crowded sidewalks. Then the Democrat party and plantation blacks turned it into a post nuclear dystopian wasteland.

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  8. alliwantissometruth says:

    This isn’t just a resurgence of the steel industry in America. No, it’s more than that. It’s…

    A shot across the bow to the globalists and the UniParty

    A message to the rest of the world that America is back and we can produce what we need on our own

    A rallying cry for American business and American workers

    A stab in the heart to all the bought off politicians

    A message from President Trump that says with a MAGA President, anything and everything is possible, that Americans are the best in the world when left alone, unfettered by political interference, and we can out build and outproduce anyone

    Liked by 23 people

    • Beigun says:

      Fortress America never looked so good!

      Liked by 2 people

    • Maquis says:

      Shot across the bow?
      Looks like a torpedo below the waterline to me!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Surely many remember when the DJI and other great companies had (a few still have) the word America or US in their name e.g. US Steel, ALCOA, CANCO, RCA, AMOCO, American Motors, American Airlines, USAir, ABC, AFL…Let’s have more USA & American and much less foreign crap. Jack Cafferty, the last journalist on CNN, was fired for truthfully stating that Chinese products are junk. A bunch of loud mouth Chinese creeps protested and he was quickly fired. Where I live, “NOT MADE IN CHINA” is often displayed on Amazon style websites as a selling point. Chinese “products”, especially toys, are cheap but break very quickly so you have to keep repairing or replacing many times resulting in a higher price overall.

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  9. SMP Belltown says:

    Is there a checklist anywhere about what IS a Multinational Company, and what ISN’T a Multinational Company? Is there a specific business model or cutoff level? US Steel is pretty big, after all. Do they have to be owned by someone else to be part of the “multinational club” or something like that.

    Someone should call a comic book shop and find out who makes trading cards these days. I have a small box of “Coup d’etat” JFK Assasination cards, and a box of “Betty Page” trading cards (look them up on eBay if you’re wondering what i’m blathering about)..

    I think that a box of trading cards cards with lively meme-ish graphics for both the “American League” companies and also all the “Multinational League” companies would be fun to look at, and actually pretty useful in trying to tell the saints and suspects apart.

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  10. annieoakley says:

    Great news for this 30 year depressed area. Help still needed for Steubenville Ohio.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. gary says:

    the shell wet gas cracker in alliquippa is going to be a 10 year job, 10000 workers. 2000 there now. huge job. no doubt u.s.steel is drawn back there by this. pittsburgh area would be crazy to vote democrats into power. two more crackers are planned. w. virginia and ohio. elect dems and kill it with a hatchet.

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  12. Pa Hermit says:

    Thought I would never see such growth again for our Mon Valley! Many of our old steel plants have been turned into shopping complexes or other such entities! My first job after high school was in the now extinct Christy Parks Works! Welcome back U S Steel! Thank you from the bottom of my heart PDJT!

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  13. Lou Zimmer says:

    GM is looki g at a 1 billion dollar expansion at the Wentzville Mo assembly plant. Thank you PDJT!!

    Liked by 8 people

  14. tav144 says:

    Very interesting article on related topic. The COC “Big Club”

    Washington’s Biggest Lobbyist, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Gets Shut Out

    ( https://www.wsj.com/articles/washingtons-biggest-lobbyist-the-u-s-chamber-of-commerce-gets-shut-out-11556812302?mod=e2tw )

    Chilly relations with both the White House and congressional Democrats leaves the chief advocacy group for American corporations struggling to adapt

    A month before his inauguration, and shortly after he had finished a round of golf with Tiger Woods, Donald Trump was introduced to an adviser of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the chief advocacy group for American corporations.

    Stanton Anderson stood in the clubhouse of Mr. Trump’s golf course in West Palm Beach, Fla., and extended his hand to the president-elect.

    Mr. Trump refused it.

    “You guys did everything to stop me,” Mr. Trump said, his face reddening, according to two people who were there. “I haven’t forgotten.”

    In the two years since, relations between Mr. Trump and Washington’s biggest lobbying organization haven’t much improved.

    The chill has hurt the U.S. Chamber, which for decades was the unmatched voice of industry. Its revenue has dipped, spending on lobbying and elections has fallen, and its large-donor pool has shrunk.

    After eight years tussling with the Obama administration, the chamber hoped a business-friendly administration would help reanimate its power. But Mr. Trump’s populism has refashioned the GOP agenda, and that has cut against priorities of various chamber constituencies that oppose tariffs and view immigration as a useful labor supply.

    “I feel they are not much of a force anymore,” said U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R., Mich.), a conservative Republican who has been at odds with the chamber. “I believe in free markets and am against cronyism and corporate welfare, and they support those things.”

    The chamber said in a statement: “Today, we are stronger than ever with the influence, expertise, partnerships, and long-term vision to drive our members’ agenda in every political environment and well into the future.”

    The group has found little refuge across the aisle. “The chamber dug themselves into a deep, deep hole when they decided to become an arm of the Republican Party and even oppose moderate Democrats,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, of New York, the top Democrat in the Senate.

    Not long ago, corporations seeking a voice in elections and public-policy decisions had few options beyond the chamber. It represents about 80% of the Fortune 100 companies and commands a platoon of lobbyists. Since 1998, it has spent $1.5 billion on lobbying, more than any other interest group and three times the amount spent by the next-largest.

    The group now competes with dozens of super PACs and scores of advocacy coalitions—nimble lobbying operations that serve companies on specific legislative issues and then fade away.

    The chamber has drawn much of its money from older industries such as tobacco, oil and gas, transportation, defense and manufacturing. On their behalf, the chamber has battled environmental regulations, restrictions on cigarette packaging, workplace antidiscrimination rules and minimum-wage requirements.

    Some of those fights have been opposed by other members, such as CVS Health Corp. and Apple Inc.,both of which quit the chamber in recent years. That makes it hard to build a unified position that pleases everyone.

    “If you are the big dog, how do you work to remain the big dog with so many little dogs chipping at your heels?” said David Rehr, a business lobbyist for 25 years and former president of the National Association of Broadcasters.

    Chamber Chief Executive Officer Thomas Donohue, a pugnacious 80-year-old Irish Catholic from Brooklyn, isn’t a fan of Mr. Trump’s, according to people close to the chamber chief. Early in the 2016 primary season, Mr. Donohue, a vocal advocate of free enterprise, said on Bloomberg Television that Mr. Trump had “very little idea about what trade really is.”

    After Mr. Trump clinched the Republican nomination, the chamber ratcheted up criticism of his “America First” trade policies, warning that millions of jobs would be lost. The next day, at a campaign rally in Bangor, Maine, Mr. Trump said the chamber was “controlled totally by various groups of people that don’t care about you whatsoever.”

    The chamber said Mr. Donohue, who wasn’t made available for an interview, has since praised the president on many issues.

    Weeks after Mr. Trump snubbed Mr. Anderson at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida, he was sworn in as president and invited a chamber executive to the White House to meet with advocacy groups about the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch.

    At the meeting, the president derided the executive as the “chamber guy,” according to people familiar with the exchange. The chamber “wasn’t very nice to me,” Mr. Trump said, and he grumbled about criticism of his trade policy.

    The chamber official responded that Mr. Trump and U.S. companies have plenty to agree on. The president said, “Tell your boss” that the two men, Messrs. Donohue and Trump, should move on.

    Months later, Mr. Donohue was named to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, an advisory board run by the Labor Department.

    “President Trump and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce share a vision of ensuring policies are in place that support a growing economy and the American worker,“ the White House said in a statement.

    At a board meeting in Aventura, Fla., this March, executives complained about the absence of prominent Trump administration figures.

    The same month, the Business Roundtable, a rival lobbying group, hosted Mr. Trump, Ivanka Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Kudlow at their quarterly meeting in Washington.

    The chamber’s featured guest, meanwhile, was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The following day, Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, spoke to a separate gathering of chamber officials.

    Challenges to the chamber come at a crucial time for business, which is pressing for decisions on China trade, tariffs and infrastructure spending. The chamber has little influence over Democratic policy proposals that many of its members oppose: the Green New Deal environmental plan; an increase in the top individual tax rate; and health-care legislation that could substitute government-run insurance for private health plans.

    Some of the harshest blows have come from former allies.

    “When I got to Washington, I naively thought that the Chamber of Commerce was about lower tariffs and regulations and creating a better business environment for everybody,” said Jim DeMint, the former Republican senator from South Carolina. The chamber bought ads for him during his 2004 GOP primary.

    “I now pronounce them totally part of the swamp,” Mr. DeMint said.

    Growth industry

    Over the years, Mr. Donohue built up the chamber’s financial muscle, traveling around the U.S. to drum up contributions and give speeches. A sign on his desk reads, “Show me the money.”

    By 2014, the chamber reported more than $275 million in annual revenue from membership dues and contributions, up from about $70 million when Mr. Donohue took charge in 1997, according to public tax filings.

    One Donohue strategy has been to solicit donations from companies for specific goals. Since donor names aren’t public, the chamber could pursue controversial fights without identifying firms that would benefit.

    “I want to give them all the deniability they need,” Mr. Donohue told Washington Monthly magazine in 2010.

    During his tenure, the chamber successfully pushed for lower taxes, fewer regulations, greater free trade and curbs on labor unions.

    In recent years, financial support from big donors has shrunk. The number of companies contributing $1 million or more to the chamber fell to 23 in 2017 from 42 in 2012, tax records show.

    Dow Chemical Co. , for instance, cut its chamber contributions to roughly $1.1 million in 2017 from nearly $3 million three years earlier, according to company figures. The company didn’t respond to requests for comment.

    Altogether, the chamber and its affiliates received roughly $220 million from corporations and other business groups in 2017 compared with $277 million in 2014, according to tax filings. The chamber said contributions rose last year.

    Shrinking Influence

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest interest group in Washington, has seen declines in lobbying spending and revenue

    Mr. Donohue has delegated many responsibilities of the chamber’s operations to Suzanne Clark, the senior executive vice president.

    Ms. Clark, with the approval of Mr. Donohue and the board, has been reshaping the century-old organization, including a campaign to recruit more small and midsize firms, especially in high-tech industries and renewable energy. The chamber has also shifted some policy positions that better align with the changing views of its membership.

    When President Obama took office, the chamber opposed the leading climate-change bills advanced by Democrats.

    The chamber has acknowledged, however, that industry plays a role in rising temperatures. It has also proposed short-term policy changes to address climate change, such as increased federal research funding on clean energy. It still opposes broad regulations.

    For years, the chamber urged lawmakers to vote against legislation that would prohibit some forms of discrimination by companies on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2014, it adopted a neutral stand. Last month, the chamber endorsed the bill.

    The chamber also revamped its congressional-vote scorecard this year, which is expected to boost the scores of some Democratic lawmakers.

    Changes under Ms. Clark have created rifts among some chamber employees, according to current and former employees. Among the roughly dozen executives who have left in the past two years was Michelle Bolles, the vice president of human resources. Ms. Bolles quit during an argument with Ms. Clark. She cleared her desk and left that day, said two people who saw what happened. Ms. Bolles couldn’t be reached for comment.

    The chamber’s media-relations team resigned this year over complaints about management, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Big spender

    Even with the decline in contributions, the chamber last year spent $95 million on lobbying, more than any other group. In 2014, it spent $124 million, according to data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

    Unlike its smaller competitors, the chamber has significant overhead. Mr. Donohue has said the group needs about $1 million each workday to cover its 500 employees, fund advocacy work and keep the lights on at the building it owns across from the White House.

    In 2017, the chamber spent $86 million on salaries and benefits, which accounted for more than half of its revenue that year.

    Chamber Win-Loss RecordThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s campaign spending has fallen, and its spending on executive salaries has grown.

    By comparison, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the drug industry trade association known as PhRMA, spent $70 million in salaries in 2017, equal to about 15% of its annual revenue, according to tax filings.

    Mr. Donohue earned $6.6 million in 2017, making him the highest-paid head of any Washington trade group. His perquisites cost more, according to people familiar with chamber finances.

    In Washington, Mr. Donohue travels in a chauffeured SUV accompanied by two security guards. On weekends, he uses the chamber’s private jet service to reach his Florida vacation home, often with a guest, according to his calendar. On overseas trips, his physician sometimes joins him. Personal or guest trips are either reimbursed or claimed as income, the chamber said.

    Mr. Donohue has long avoided talk of retirement, though senior chamber officials and members of the board have pressed him about it.

    Several times over the past year, chamber officials approached former House Speaker Paul Ryan about the job. He declined, his spokesman said.

    —Jim Oberman, Tom McGinty and Francis X. Rocca contributed to this article.

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    • tav144 says:

      Not sure this is gonna work, but …

      Liked by 1 person

    • vikingmom says:

      FTA – “Early in the 2016 primary season, Mr. Donohue, a vocal advocate of free enterprise, said on Bloomberg Television that Mr. Trump had “very little idea about what trade really is.” ROFL – right, Mr. Donohue!! Cause the Chamber knows all about trade, except in your case it’s all about trading dollars for yourself in return for influence peddling on Capitol Hill!

      Also FTA – “Mr. Donohue has said the group needs about $1 million each workday to cover its 500 employees, fund advocacy work and keep the lights on at the building it owns across from the White House. In 2017, the chamber spent $86 million on salaries and benefits, which accounted for more than half of its revenue that year.”

      Looking forward to seeing the COC influence scam declining even more in the coming years! MAGA!!

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    • Goedhart says:

      Just for reference.
      The Gettysburg address was 270 words.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Maquis says:

      Die Diryy Donahue, and may your organization of malignant anti-American graft and greed die with you.

      Liked by 4 people

    • highdezertgator says:

      Donohue is 80 and Grassley is 85….. take your million$ and go live in your condo in Shanghai…. the Chicoms need your revered leadership skills….. or just fade away!

      BTW – TAV144 thanks for the post… good read!

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    • Phil says:

      It has been a few years since I have read Atlas Shrugged. I recently watched the movie finally. I – just – can’t – help – but think that I am in some alternate universe comic book version of it. I say that just to be ‘hip’ and up to date. The names are different sure. But the same things are happening admittedly slightly different or alternatively! I guess I need to read the ending again.

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  15. TradeBait says:

    Now is the time when middle America wins bigly. Invest all you can.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. George Hicks says:

    Tariffs are bad, m’kay?

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Time to build ALOT of steel fencing along the border(s).

    Liked by 6 people

  18. Time to build ALOT of steel fencing along the border(s).

    Liked by 2 people

  19. Bonitabaycane says:

    I love POTUS’s MAGA wand! 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

    • Phil says:

      I STILL like all comments about the magic wand! O couldn’t understand it wasn’t the tool, it was the toolmaker. He never understood it was the master mechanic wielding any tool he picked up out of his toolbox. First PDJT picked up a broom to sweep up the mess left behind. Now he is working with a hammer to fix things. I eagerly anticipate the day he reaches into his toolbox, withdraws a gavel and hands that to the American people.

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  20. no-nonsense-nancy says:

    I wish they would re open Bethleham Steel in Pa.

    Liked by 2 people

  21. bakocarl says:

    Trump Train Deliveries

    Trump engine’s in the roundhouse
    Getting a well-deserved rest.
    A good oiling, a load of fuel,
    A wash down, to look its best.

    On the very next morning,
    Firing up and out again,
    Trump engine in the rail yard,
    Making up a new train.

    Back to work for the Trump Train,
    With promises to deliver,
    Hooking up all the train cars,
    Growing bigger and bigger.

    Flatbeds loaded with rebar,
    Cars of forms, cement and sand,
    To build a great southern wall
    For the border of our land.

    Many steel pipes for pipelines,
    American pipes and steel,
    Empty coal cars for the mines,
    American workers, that’s the deal.

    Mineral cars full of ore
    Steel and aluminum bars
    Autoracks and Vert-A-Pacs
    Full of U.S. made cars

    Now loaded onto the train,
    Many huge dredges and pumps,
    All traveling to D.C. Town,
    To drain the big, corrupt swamps.

    An odd-looking car, a jailcar,
    Is coupled to the rest
    To hold Obozo and his ilk
    As special (not honored) guests.

    To meet all the promises,
    This train and many, many more
    Will be running for years
    To complete all of the chores.

    One final car has been placed
    At the end of this train.
    It’s full of a bright future
    That’s in our grasp once again.

    When you see the train coming
    Let it serve to remind
    What we can do together,
    One group of many, combined.

    With lots of work and lots of jobs,
    We’ll get our downfall reversed.
    Many people, friends, neighbors,
    One nation: all Americans First!

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  22. Perot Conservative says:

    How about an infrastructure deal that is:

    – spilt 50 / 50 Federal / State
    – Buy American Steel and components
    – Requires E-Verify for workers!

    Liked by 4 people

    • redline says:

      Trim the minority-owned and women-owned business, reduce union set-asides to 20%, and lower the prevailing wage requirements to 67%, and I’m in.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Maquis says:

    Hey Grassley! Kiss my MAGA!! 🇺🇸

    Liked by 3 people

  24. 335blues says:

    IT IS BECOMING EASIER TO TELL WHO IS NOT FOR AMERICA,
    REGARDLESS OF WHICH PARTY THEY ARE IN.
    Grassley’s position against rebuilding America’s manufacturing base, including steel and
    aluminum production and auto manufacturing IS INDEFENSIBLE.
    His whining about auto tariffs that have leveled the playing field against foreign
    subsidized production, and steel and aluminum tariffs that have reborn our basic
    materials industries EXPOSES THAT HE IS OWNED BY THE ANTI-AMERICAN
    CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AND MULTINATIONAL INTERESTS.
    Come on Iowa, you can do way better than Grassley.

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  25. Niagara Frontier says:

    I know this place well. A once thriving small city in its own right, Braddock has devolved into a crime-ridden shell of abandoned store fronts, closed hospitals, failed schools and of course, drugs and violent crime. In short, it’s a giant, frightful ghetto.

    We’ll see what goodwill this investment brings U.S. Steel and the President from minority voters in 2020. The polls will tell.

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    • “minority voters” are, for the most part, really, really stupid and almost all are “on” something, impaired by booze, drugs, meds, Popeye’s Chicken…Don’t count on them. They will get smart at about the same time Islamia is peaceful.

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      • Perot Conservative says:

        These kinds of ignorant, unkind comments do nobody any good.

        Blexit could give PT a landslide.

        Liked by 3 people

        • Michael Todaro says:

          71% of black woman hate Trump according to recent poll. Why? You, along with them, might be the one who is ignorant. “Blexit ‘COULD’ give PT a landslide?” Blacks are blindly anti Trump. Bad mouthing Tiger Woods now, boycott White House visits, disrespect anthem, flag, country, openly and obscenely hate whites… I could go on and on about this. Lay off the fake news !

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  26. St Louie says:

    Just last night I was googling about the aluminum smelter in So. Missouri that was brought back on line during 2018. This is 400 plus jobs in a humble part of So. MO and No. Arkansas. The prior owner closed as it couldn’t compete with the Chicom dumping. Never forget the ancillary effect of these plants. If memory servers this smelter was/is the largest user of electricity in the state. I don’t know all the ins and out but this stuff effects the electric rates for every Missourian, some of the cheapest in the country. We still have to roll back some of that windmill nonsense but I expect they’ll burnout before the sustainability mandates get reversed. Occasionally I ride my cycle through the nearby USS Granite City (IL) foundry which fired up last year after a long closure awaiting Obama’s green shoots. More guys and gals getting to work. Maybe this time the labor unions will think about their sons and daughters before these plants are made noncompetitive.

    Reporting from on the ground here in the heartland. Back to you in Florida, Sundance.

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  27. Vince says:

    Not only is this about tariffs, it is about energy. These mills have massive energy needs, and they are not going to build them where energy is available only when the sun shines.

    Liked by 6 people

  28. FL_GUY says:

    Sundance wrote:
    Despite opposition from Wall Street republicans and democrats purchased by K-Street lobbyists, the administration policy has been exceptionally successful at driving investment into the U.S. manufacturing base. The multinationals are furious.

    Chamber of Commerce and K-Street = terrorist organizations!

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  29. americalsgt says:

    My father in law 101st on D Day and life long Democrat worked the steel mills of Western Pennsylvania till they all closed in the 70s would be so happy about this and would be a Trump supporter.

    Liked by 4 people

  30. highdezertgator says:

    FTA — EVRAZ expansion would trigger economic growth in Pueblo – January 25, 2019
    PUEBLO COLORADO – Steps are being taken toward a major expansion at EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel Mill. The company is reportedly planning to build a $500 million solar-powered long rail mill that would create hundreds of new jobs and add hundreds of millions of dollars to the Pueblo economy.
    https://koaa.com/news/2019/01/25/evraz-expansion-would-trigger-economic-growth-in-pueblo/

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vince says:

      This one expansion might be enough to turn Colorado red. Southern Colorado, normally reliably blue collar democrat, almost went for Trump in the election. If southern Colorado goes red, it might be enough to take the state red.

      Liked by 2 people

  31. graficgod says:

    it takes a LEADER, with courage and SPINE (unlike those sissies in congress) to make things happen! no matter what you hear, bear in mind the facts that Trump’s policies and LEADERSHIP is truly making a difference, and MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!
    trump 2020

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  32. cliffaheadwolvesbehind says:

    I can’t state how huge this is. Without manufacturing, the middle class was in trouble and for years, no politician cared.
    President Trump is really bringing back the middle class. Ask any overseas business person how losing manufacturing was killing USA jobs.
    President Trump is an unsung hero.

    Liked by 6 people

    • sDee says:

      “Without manufacturing, the middle class was in trouble and for years, no politician cared”

      The politicians care deeply – about building their personal wealth and power selling us out to the globalists’ exfiltration schemes.

      Liked by 2 people

    • riverelf says:

      My brother’s work takes him traveling all over the country, all the time.
      T’other evening while we were tuned into the rally and President Trump mentioned about the factories pouring back in, my half-asleep jet-lagged brother said No kidding, he’s not lying, there are new factories opening up and old ones reopening and/or expanding in and around virtually every city he’s been to this last year.
      The media won’t say it—but it’s absolutely true. MAGA.

      Liked by 4 people

  33. Angel Martin says:

    In addition, productivity spiked in 2019 Q1 “unexpectedly”. So much so that unit labor costs fell, despite rising wages. Now that is the MAGA agenda ! If only we in Canada could share this.
    https://www.briefing.com/Investor/Calendars/Economic/Releases/prod.htm

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  34. rashomon says:

    I was told by a retired fireman that the union members are not happy with the leadership calling out for Biden, who is “a glad-handing professional politician who has never busted a muscle while amassing millions in his job” while PDJT has worked with and for the thousands necessary to building housing communities and skyscrapers. You don’t tick off those people who are charged with constructing the hidden skeleton of your creations that sport your name and, thus, reputation. He suggested a massive union membership turning out for our President in 2020.

    Liked by 7 people

    • sDee says:

      Something has got to give. The only solution is abolishment of government unions.

      The government is finely tuned to making sure those who work for the government benefit from bigger and bigger government. Politicians ensure that government wages and benefits afford unions dues. Government unions, in turn, ensure campaign coffers are filled.

      The scheme will continue until the parasites starve their host, or the host plucks them off.

      Liked by 1 person

      • redline says:

        Agree completely!

        As I often post. Public employee unions should be outlawed in every branch and level of government – executive, legislative, and judicial; local, state, and federal.

        And ALL contributions of money, space, transportation, labor, advertising, or any other resource, from ANY union to any political campaign, should be illegal as well.

        Otherwise, the unions will just fund politicians and parties who will promptly re-institute public employee unions.

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    • redline says:

      Until union members can arrange leadership that supports President Trump and the interests of Americans, 100% of their union’s political donations will fund America’s enemies.

      Liked by 1 person

    • MfM says:

      If you follow Trump on Twitter, he’s been retweeting words of support from firefighters. Yes it’s a dig at Biden, but it’s also showing visible support from people not afraid to have their name attached to their support of Trump.

      They wouldn’t do that if they were in a hostile environment. They likely know were everyone around them stands politically. It’s a high stress and high risk job, but with down time and a lot more like family. You have to trust your life and safety to your fellow firefighters.

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  35. plane of the ecliptic says:

    A steel worker here, an auto worker there, a coal miner, a welder, et al. They are building a nation, and the POTUS is building more of his base. The 2020 vote breakdown will be VERY interesting.

    Liked by 4 people

  36. RJ says:

    I believe Ohio is a lock for PDJT in 2020. I live in PA and I am concerned about the 2020 election in PA. The Republican Party in PA is poorly headed by a long-time loser by the name of Gleason. This does not help the President.

    Liked by 1 person

    • WesternPA says:

      I agree. I still can’t believe that flaming liberal Tom Wolf was re-elected as Governor. It seems that the Democrat votes in Philadelphia and the city of Pittsburgh overwhelms the rest of the state. The new steel investment in Pennsylvania is in the smaller towns outside of Pittsburgh.

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  37. Perot Conservative says:

    US STEEL SMASHES EARNINGS AND REVENUE EXPECTATIONS!!!

    [[Don’t forget, jobs report out tomorrow. ADP had a blustering number, 270,000 jobs.]]

    United States Steel (X) Q1 Earnings and Revenues Surpass Estimates

    “United States Steel (X) came out with quarterly earnings of $0.47 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.17 per share. This compares to earnings of $0.32 per share a year ago. These figures are adjusted for non-recurring items.

    “This quarterly report represents an earnings surprise of 176.47%. A quarter ago, it was expected that this steel maker would post earnings of $1.88 per share when it actually produced earnings of $1.82, delivering a surprise of -3.19%.

    “Over the last four quarters, the company has surpassed consensus EPS estimates two times….

    “U.S. Steel, which belongs to the Zacks Steel – Producers industry, posted revenues of $3.50 billion for the quarter ended March 2019, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 7.82%. This compares to year-ago revenues of $3.15 billion. The company has topped consensus revenue estimates three times over the last four quarters….”

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/united-states-steel-x-q1-215509493.html

    Liked by 1 person

    • Arrest Soros says:

      Earnings surprises my posterior.
      These are (legal) accounting shenanigans used to make money for those in the loop.
      Report lower than “expected” results one quarter or two using accounting techniques, see the share price drop a little, have your circle buy these shares at the low price.
      Then use the same accounting tricks to report better than expected results, see the share price go higher, sell at the higher price and pocket the profits.
      INSIDER TRADING is what it’s called and is very hard to prove and prosecute.

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  38. MfM says:

    $1.2 Billion!

    Why would any company plan to spend that kind of money here in the US if they thought Trump was going to be out in the next election?

    So this is doubly good news.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vince says:

      And once the money is spent, would you want the next president to just reverse the conditions that you were counting on for this long term commitment? We need to develop MAGA PACs to set these gains into stone politically.

      Liked by 1 person

  39. Never thought I’d live to see this level of investment in steel in my lifetime. Another great achievement–real benefit for Americans that will pay off for quite a while, God willing. So happy to read this GOOD NEWS vs the travesty of the Congressional hearings.

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  40. CHenie says:

    @Wisdom-same here-I never thought steel would make a comeback-just goes to show ya’ what I know

    I followed Spygate (and Q) with keen interest for about 18 months because I wanted so badly to finally have these treasonous American sellouts see justice. But I am growing tired of it all-just think what people with a passing interest are feeling-I can see the “lets’ move on” soft-landing playbook being implemented with each passing day.

    I was wrong about steel and I hope I am wrong thinking no one goes to jail over spygate.

    Liked by 1 person

  41. TMonroe says:

    Heard they are planning to shutter a paper plant in western MD and 700 jobs lost with it; would be nice to see if another domestic concern could take it over given the new investment in US production.

    Liked by 1 person

  42. Gary Lacey says:

    The voices of smart, such as Cavuto, said tariffs don’t work.
    Would USS Steel be spending over $1,000,000,000 in updating manufacturing.
    And recently Sen Grassley wrote an op-ed stating he was going to flunkie his way to the WH (with a Tom Donahue bribe in hand)to ask Trump to stop tariffs

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  43. Bronxite says:

    Rino Pa senatwhore pat toomey still pushing against steel & aluminam tarriffs. He is trying to protect a PA steel PROCESSOR which imports cheap & often low quality foriegn steel and reworks it.

    Many US defense contractors, such as a large shipyard in san diego import steel & aluminum from mexico using NAFTA loopholes. The metal is frim china; and is of inferior quality. At that shipyard the metal components are fabricated into USN ships.
    Am looking forward to the DJT declassifications; but he really needs to use existingblaw to crack down on immigration; akin to the judge & bqilff being charged with aiding and abetting legals in massachussetts.

    https://pennbizreport.com/news/12510-sen-toomey-rep-kelly-seek-section-232-tariff-relief-for-pennsylvania-steel-company/

    Liked by 1 person

  44. gary says:

    the area between youngs town and pittsburgh will be exploding in work in the next decade. this steel plant,the alliquippa natural gas cracker being built right now ,will produce ethane, the major component of plastics. there will be plastics plants and numerous associated business being built in the mahoning valley. the shell cracker is a ten year job. 10000 workers. 600 permanent jobs. get rid of the democrats in 2020 ,or it goes the way of the blue eyed indian.

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