WASHINGTON, D. C. — Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur wants the U.S. Commerce Department and U.S. Trade Representative to crackdown on imports of the electrical transformer components made with foreign-produced grain-oriented electrical steel of the sort produced by Cleveland-Cliffs.
Kaptur on Monday joined Zanesville Republican Rep. Troy Balderson, Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Mike Kelly and Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb in a letter seeking relief for Cleveland-Cliffs from the imported electrical transformer parts.
Cleveland-Cliffs facilities in Zanesville and Butler, Pennsylvania, are the only places in the United States that make grain-oriented electrical steel. The company has previously said it might have to shutter the nation’s last production line of key power transformer components if no action is taken.
A Commerce Department investigation completed last October found that Canada and Mexico are being used as the staging grounds to circumvent tariffs on grain-oriented electrical steel produced in China, Russia, Korea and Japan and that the imports were coming into the United States in quantities that threatened national security by undermining domestic production.