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ITC rules for steel pipe makers, including those in Missouri

By Chuck Raasch St. Louis Post-Gazette

WASHINGTON • The International Trade Commission has ruled in favor of U.S. steel pipe and tubing manufacturers, including those in Missouri, in an anti-dumping dispute.

The 4-2 vote means additional duties will be placed against foreign steel pipe and tubing producers who illegally sell, or dump, at less than fair value in the U.S. market.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., had testified on behalf of Missouri manufacturers Bull Moose Tube Co. and EXLTUBE.

Bull Moose® has 85 employees in the St. Louis area and another 80 in Gerald, McCaskill said. EXLTUBE employs 103 in North Kansas City. The firms produce pipe and tubes used in the construction industry.

The decision “helps prevent further harm to companies that have already been penalized by the dumping of pipe and tube products from foreign countries — and is a welcome step in giving folks at companies like Bull Moose and EXLTUBE the certainty they need for their employees and their bottom line,” McCaskill said in a news release.

Bull Moose President Michael Blatz had previously said that his company “and our employees in Missouri and throughout the country rely on the enforcement of the trade laws and that is why we are seeking relief from unfairly traded imports of steel tubing products from Korea, Mexico and Turkey.”

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