Congressman Tim Ryan Fights For Howmet Steel Workers to Keep Jobs in Niles
Niles, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) is fighting for United Steel Workers and the Howmet factory in Niles as Howmet leadership negotiates with union leadership to downsize the local plant due to lagging business during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to the president of Howmet Structure and Wheel Systems, Ryan urged Howmet to consider other options rather than closing down the melt operation. He pledged to help identify resources and incentives to help keep the factory open and keep Steel Workers employed.
“Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching economic consequences disrupting aerospace and defense companies across the nation, but through no fault of the hard-working employees whose jobs are at risk. I hope that every available option to alleviate a downsizing would be examined and fully exhausted,” said Congressman Ryan.
“As the Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense, I have worked with Howmet and the United Steel Workers on a variety of federal matters. I respectfully ask that [howmet] explore every solution possible before rendering a decision with indelible impact to the company and employees. The United Steel Workers want to be a part of the solution and have expressed that to me time and time again over the last several months. I hope that both sides can come together and seek an amicable resolution,” he continued.
Howmet, a Pittsburgh-based company that spun off from Arconic last April, is a lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing leader specializing in jet engine components, aerospace fasteners, aerostructures, and forged aluminum wheels.
This decision currently faced by Howmet leadership comes after they laid off nearly a quarter of their Niles facility workforce in July of 2020.
See the full text of the letter here.