Feb. 1, 2017

Dura-Bond to Restart McKeesport Pipe Mill

Pipe manufacturer Dura-Bond Industries, Inc., will reopen the former U.S. Steel McKeesport Tubular Operation in Pennsylvania later this year. Dura-Bond has purchased the equipment from U.S. Steel and leased the site from the Regional Industrial Development Corp. of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Dura-Bond plans to reactivate the 317,000-square-foot facility, which was idled by U.S. Steel in 2014 due to the sharp downturn and high import levels in the energy market.

“While the challenge will be great, Dura-Bond believes there is an opportunity for success in McKeesport. We turned around the former Bethlehem Steel pipe mill in Steelton, Pa., and are ready to do it again,” says Dura-Bond President Jason Norris. “Our family is a firm believer of manufacturing in America and hope more companies building pipeline infrastructure in the USA will buy domestically made pipe. More than 50 percent of the oil and gas pipe used in the USA comes from overseas and that must change.”

The company, which reportedly plans to restart the plant in the next six to nine months, will hire more than 200 workers.


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