Kortz: Informative, productive meeting on Pa.’s steel future

HARRISBURG, Oct. 16 –The future of steel in Pennsylvania remains bright, despite myriad challenges, but continued bipartisan work is needed to ensure it remains strong for generations to come, said state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny.

 

Kortz, co-chairman of the state House Steel Caucus, said those were the key themes following a special informational meeting held today on the steel industry at the U.S. Steel Research and Technology Center in Munhall. The meeting focused on a variety of topics, including workforce training and the best ways to work together to balance the needs of the environment with continued support of the industry.

 

“Today’s bipartisan roundtable discussion was very informative and lively, and we all agreed that we need to do all we can to keep these vital, family-sustaining wage jobs in Pennsylvania,” said Kortz. “Overall, the steel industry has provided several substantial and positive impacts in our state. Most people may not be aware that for every direct steel worker job, there are five to six additional jobs that are created.

 

“As someone who spent over three decades working in the industry, and who has seen it weather many challenges, I remain confident the steel industry will continue to prosper and have a strong future here in our great state.”

 

Kortz added the steel industry provides more than $2 billion in state and local tax revenue and directly employs 34,000 people.

 

In addition to the roundtable discussion, the informational meeting also included a tour of U.S. Steel Edgar Thomson Plant.