U.S. steel pipe producers like Youngstown's Vallourec Star and others are being hurt by foreign imports dumped below market price by nine other countries, according to a preliminary decision issued Friday by the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Following today's unanimous vote from all six trade commission members, investigators will begin a more in-depth probe into formal complaints made last month by the nine American pipe producers alleging the resurgence in U.S. oil and gas exploration is being threatened by unfairly dumped imports of steel pipes.
The commission launched a preliminary investigation, reporting its findings last week. That preliminary report won't be released publicly until next month.
In addition to Vallourec, other companies involved in the complaint included Brookfield's TMK IPSCO and a division of JMC Steel Group, the company that operates local Wheatland Tube plants, U.S. Steel and five other domestic manufacturers.
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