Export Pipe Producer Benefiting from Trump Trade Policies

Export pipe producer benefiting from Trump trade policies, president says

Stephen Huba
 | WednesdayJuly 18, 2018, 2:03 p.m.

 

Aggressive trade policies by the Trump administration are starting to have a positive impact on domestic steel pipe producers, said the head of an Export-based company.

Dura-Bond Industries is better positioned to compete for oil and gas industry projects requiring large-diameter welded pipe under tariffs imposed this year, said Jason Norris, company president.

“In general, we support President Trump’s efforts to try and negotiate better trade deals with our trading partners,” Norris said. “We are very optimistic that trade issues will be sorted out and there will be a more-level playing field in the future.”

Dura-Bond was part of a small group of pipe producers that petitioned the Trump administration this year to impose tariffs and take other actions to end the glut of foreign steel. Specifically, Dura-Bond asked that steel pipe be included in the 25 percent tariff on imported steel and the 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum announced in March.

Under the new tariffs, U.S. companies are allowed to seek exemptions if domestic companies do not make metals needed for their projects or if those metals can’t be produced to the desired quality or quantity or within a specific timeframe.

The steel tariff is starting to have its desired effect, Norris said.

“Companies are more willing to come in and evaluate us after the reduction in supply from foreign mills,” he said.

Dura-Bond makes and coats large-diameter steel pipe mostly for use by the oil and gas industry at facilities in Export, Duquesne, Mc­Keesport and Steelton.

In late 2016, Dura-Bond acquired the idled assets of the U.S. Steel McKeesport Tubular Operations in order to repurpose it for the manufacture of smaller, midstream pipe. The plant is fully operational now that it has received an American Petroleum Institute certificate covering diameters from 8 ⁄ inches to 20 inches, Norris said.

“As a startup mill in Mc­Keesport, I do not think we would have the opportunities we have had (without the Trump policy),” Norris said. “We are moving forward with large investments in the mill to improve efficiency and to stay ahead of the ever-increasing quality standards that the market demands.”

Trump’s tariffs have prompted hundreds of waiver requests from U.S. companies claiming that the steel product they need is not available domestically. The U.S. Commerce Department recently approved such tariff exclusions for Shell and Chevron.

The Commerce Department, however, denied a waiver for the Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline LP, which is building the Cactus II crude oil pipeline — a $1.1 billion project being built in West Texas — with pipe from Greece. Dura-Bond and two other pipeline producers objected to the waiver request.

Plains All American stated in its request that 26-inch diameter pipe is not available in the United States, but Dura-Bond manufactures 26-inch pipe at its plant in Steelton, Norris said.

This week, the Commerce Department revealed that of 26,400 exclusion requests submitted, 267 have been approved, 452 were denied and 3,385 were rejected for being improperly completed, Reuters reported .

The American Petroleum Institute, a national trade association representing the oil and gas industry, on warned Tuesday that denying tariff exclusions for imported steel could negatively impact the U.S. natural gas and oil industry and affordable energy available to consumers.

“The administration’s decision-making is not serving the interests of energy consumers and American businesses, as these tariffs are expected to increase the cost of sourcing steel for the oil and natural gas companies, which in turn could increase the cost of energy to consumers,” said Marty Durbin, API’s executive vice president. “This is not the way to achieve the administration’s commendable goal of U.S. energy dominance.”

API appeared to react to the Plains All American denial without actually naming the company.

Dura-Bond also recently received a favorable ruling from the Commerce Department in its antidumping/countervailing duty complaints against China, India, South Korea and Turkey.

Producers from those countries are accused of “dumping” steel pipe — that is, selling the product at less than fair market value — in the United States and of receiving unfair subsidies from foreign governments.

In February, Dura-Bond and four other producers asked the Commerce Department to investigate the four countries, as well as Greece and Canada, and to take action in the form of antidumping duties.

In June, the Commerce Department issued a preliminary ruling against the countries, asking U.S. Customs and Border Protection to levy duties to offset the negative effects of the subsidies. A final ruling is expected by Nov. 6.

A preliminary ruling on the companion antidumping complaint is expected by Aug. 20, Norris said.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, shuba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

Dura-Bond Pipe McKeesport Receives API Certificate

Dura-Bond Pipe, is pleased to announce that we have received our API 5L Certificate to manufacture HFW Pipe in diameters from 8 5/8” through 20” in lengths up to 80’ long.  Dura-Bond acquired the idled assets from United States Steel in late 2016 and is fully operational after a one year effort to bring the mill back up and earn our license.  Building on our reputation for quality large OD LSAW pipe that we produce in Steelton, PA in diameters from 24” through 42”, the McKeesport HFW mill will now allow us to offer our customers a wider range of sizes and provide a steady supply of pipe for our new FBE plant in Duquesne, PA.

New Corporate Sales Office

Dura-Bond is pleased to announce our new Sales Office located at

5790 Kennedy Avenue

Export, PA 15632

Locations and Maps have been updated for ease of travel.

Dura-Bond has remained in Export since 1960 and is proud to contribute to the surrounding community by remaining a staple of this historic Western Pennsylvania town.

Dura-Bond Announces New Executive Vice President, Commercial – Tubular Products

George Thompson has been announced as Dura-Bond’s new Executive Vice President, Commercial, Tubular Products.  He will be responsible for the Sales, Marketing and Sales Support of Dura-Bond’s LSAW and ERW pipe.   Prior to joining Dura-Bond, George was VP, Sales & Marketing at C P Industries. He spent most of his career at United States Steel, where he held positions of increasing responsibility throughout the organization over 27 years, ending his career at US Steel as VP, Commercial, Tubular Products, the same group he started with in 1987.

Mr. Thompson was responsible for leading U S Steel’s commercial organization as U S Steel Tubular changed from a pipe supplier to distribution within the energy industry to a solution provider for the Energy industry. He lead the commercial group as US Steel Tubular and the former Lone Star Tubular were combined in 2007 to create the largest Energy Tubular supplier in North America.

George’s strengths are his knowledge of the ever changing tubular supply chain that has become necessary to serve the energy industry in North America. He has strong relationships throughout the industry, developed in the field over his 30 years of service. He is a proven leader with strong team building skills that benefit company and customer alike. His record of accomplishment at every level speaks for itself, leading U S Steel Tubular Products to record revenue and income over his last seven years of service at U S Steel.

Mr. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA.

George was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but has lived throughout the US. He currently lives on Oakmont, PA, and he enjoys everything about his two wonderful children, George, age 16, and Libby, age 14. In his free time, he is an avid golfer and runs for exercise.

Dura-Bond Pipe Reaches Milestone

Dura-Bond Piple LLC has reached a new company milestone. We produced one million feet of 42″ diameter x .600″ wall X70 for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This is about 25,000 pieces for a total of 132,000 tons (enough steel to build multiple aircraft carriers) and we still have much more to make.  A special thank you from Dura-Bond to all employees working on this project.  Dura-Bond would also like to thank Atlantic Coast Pipeline for it’s continued confidence in Dura-Bond for it’s outstanding reputation to produce quality Large Diameter LSAW pipe. 

New Employment Inquiries

Due to the overwhelming amount of calls received about future employment at Dura Bond, please refer to our online application.  Your resume will be automatically sent to Dura-Bond Industries for review.  You can also submit a scanned copy or direct any questions to a direct email listed below.

Thank you for your patience and interest in potential job growth from Dura-Bond.

LINK TO EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

mckeesporttubular@dura-bond.com

 

 

Dura-Bond to Restart USS McKeesport Tubular

Dura-Bond Industries has purchased the former USS McKeesport Tubular operations.  The former ERW mill was idled in 2014 eliminating around 260 positions.

This asset will be a great addition to Dura-Bond’s pipe making abilities.  Now able to service the smaller diameter line pipe market in addition to larger 24-44″ diameter pipe making in Steelton, PA, with coating facilities nearby.

U.S. Steel idled the McKeesport mill because of the downturn in the oil and gas industry and a crush of cheap imports from overseas producers. More than half of the oil and gas pipe used domestically is imported.

“There is renewed optimism in the country for domestic manufacturing.” Jason Norris, President.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Feature

 

Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC, which has proposed a 550-mile natural gas pipeline to bring much-needed energy to Virginia and North Carolina, today announced an agreement totaling more than $400 million with Dura-Bond Industries to produce steel pipe for the project.

Dura-Bond, which ACP LLC selected after an extensive bidding process, is scheduled to produce the pipe at its Steelton, Pa., mill beginning late 2015 through March 2017. Dura-Bond plans to hire about 150 employees at the mill to run a second shift of union workforce to meet the schedule.

“We are excited to work with Dura-Bond, one of the nation’s premier suppliers of gas transmission pipeline,” said Diane Leopold, president of Dominion Energy. “Dura-Bond has an outstanding reputation in the industry and has been a long-term supplier of pipe and pipe coating for Dominion’s gas transmission business, dating back to the 1970s.