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US Steel is laying off workers at its tubular steel making operations in Lorain, Ohio and Lone Star, Texas. The steelmaker intends to layoff 250 employees in Ohio and a portion of the 600 employees at the Texas site.


A US Steel spokesperson said the total number of employees impacted by layoffs in Lone Star Tubular will depend on operational and maintenance needs. 


The company attributes the idling of the two facilities facilities to challenging market conditions and high import levels in the tubular segment. 


The Lorain Tubular Operations plant, which manufacturers seamless tubular pipe, will be idled indefinitely with job cuts beginning May 24 and continuing through July until the mill is safely idled. The Lorain facility can produce up to 380,000nt annually in outside diameter sizes from 10.125 to 26 inches. 


The Lone Star facility has an annual production capability of 390,000nt and produces welded products ranging from 1.088 to 7.15 inches. The company is still preparing the layoff schedule for this facility.


US Steel Tubular’s annual production capability is 1.9mn nt and the division shipped 725,000nt of steel in 2019 for oil, gas, and petrochemical markets compared to 742,000nt in 2018.

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