Congressman Tim Ryan Testifies Before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Support of Vallourec Workers
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), calling on the Commission to ensure U.S. trade remedy laws are enforced and relief is given due to the harmful impacts of unfairly dumped and subsidized imports of seamless pipe from Czechia, Korea, Russia, and Ukraine. Last July, Ryan wrote a letter of support to USITC Chairman Jason Kearns on behalf of Vallourec’s petitions.
In Ryan’s letter last year, he said: “We recognize the importance of the domestic industry and its role in the U.S. economy. We also know that it is important that the industry and its workers have the tools to challenge unfair trade and that the appropriate remedy will allow them to regain their footing and compete now and into the future.”
In his testimony today, the Congressman said that “As the nation’s moves past the pandemic, it is important that imports do not take an even greater share of the U.S. market.” He also called on the ITC to “provide relief to the industry and its employees.”
Ryan’s full ITC testimony from today can be found below.
Good morning Chairman Kearns and Vice Chairman Stayin and members of the Commission. It is a pleasure to appear before the Commission today at this virtual hearing to provide testimony on a matter of great importance to Vallourec Star L.P. of Youngstown, Ohio and their employees in my congressional district. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank each of you and your staff for your work during this unprecedented time to ensure that the Commission can continue to do the work necessary for companies and their employees impacted by trade-distorting practices.
I am privileged to represent the 13th Congressional District of Ohio which is home to so many innovative and essential manufacturers – including Vallourec’s Youngstown facility. As you will hear today from the company’s leadership, the company employs 500 workers with good wage jobs and invested over $1B, between the years 2012 and 2020, to build a state-of-the-art facility making seamless standard, line and pressure pipe products (SSSLP). Today, it is revered as the best seamless plant in the world. This investment was welcomed at a time as Youngstown was still recovering from previous decades of manufacturing jobs losses – many in the steel sector – due to unfair trade.
However, the good news is that despite these challenges, Vallourec took a risk and decided to invest in a new facility that resulted in new jobs and hope for the Mahoning Valley. I know that their employees and the City of Youngstown want them to succeed, and so do I. We must ensure our trade laws bring effective relief, so companies like them can continue to compete and be part of the area’s economic recovery.
The United States is the largest consumer of SSLPP products in the world. The products are used in the chemical, petrochemical, and refinery industries. SSLPP is also used to transport oil and gas – critical components of our energy infrastructure. Oil and gas are also important components to Ohio’s economic growth and it is reassuring to know that Ohio-made products are being used in these projects.
As the nation moves past the pandemic, it is important that imports do not take an even greater share of the U.S. market. As outlined in the petitions, these subject imports took a large share of the domestic market and the recent affirmative preliminary antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) determinations announced by the Commerce Department on December 7 and 15, 2020 and on February 3, 2021 confirm that. I have always supported these trade laws and know that they are the only recourse to level the playing field and to provide relief for companies impacted by unfair trade.
On behalf of Vallourec, their employees, and the community, I ask that you give serious consideration in this matter and provide relief to the industry and its employees. Thank you.