Governor Wolf Continues ‘Jobs that Pay’ Tour at Dura-Bond Pipe

McKeesport, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour at the Dura-Bond Industries (Dura-Bond) steel pipe plant in McKeesport. Headquartered in Export, Pa., Dura-Bond announced in January its acquisition of the former U.S. Steel Tubular Products pipe mill in Allegheny County, which it anticipates will create 100 new jobs.

“Dura-Bond tells an incredible story about bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States, thanks to the company’s legacy of manufacturing in Pennsylvania, its proximity to our steel-making centers, and our state’s abundant natural gas supply,” said Governor Wolf. “Companies like Dura-Bond exemplify my commitment to growing Pennsylvania’s economy and creating – and keeping – jobs in our state.”

Before it closed in 2014, the former U.S. Steel Tubular Products operation in McKeesport had produced the pipe used in projects that included the Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East project. Later, Sunoco sourced its pipe from producers in other states, with Dura-Bond providing much of the coating.

In 2016, Dura-Bond acquired the plant, announcing its plans to reactivate the operation to manufacturer smaller, midstream pipe.

Governor Wolf was joined by Dura-Bond President Jason Norris and other leadership, as well as McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko, Senator Jim Brewster (D-45) and State Representative Eric Nelson (R-57). Today’s facility tour follows a visit by Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin in April 2017.

Dura-Bond, originally established in 1960 to provide corrosion protective services for steel manufacturers, now owns and operates four companies: Dura-Bond Steel, Inc., in Export, Pa., producing structural steel for the marine and heavy highway markets and offering protective specialty coatings for steel products; Dura-Bond Pipe, LLC in Steelton, Pa., manufacturing steel line pipe and providing internal and external coating; Dura-Bond Pipe McKeesport LLC, manufacturing steel line pipe; and Dura-Bond Coating, Inc., in Duquesne, Pa., offering coatings and a complete line of pipeline products.

Find out more about Governor Wolf’s commitment to growing Pennsylvania’s economy.

For more information on the Department of Community and Economic Development, visit dced.pa.gov.

Governor Wolf is in the Northwest as part of a three-day trip to announce jobs, tour economic development projects, and visit the Erie VA Medical Center.

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J.J. Abbott, 717-783-1116

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