Tube City Almanac

November 11, 2009

P.S.: Put This in Your Pipe, and Smoke It

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There are two steel pipemaking plants in the "Tube City" --- the electric-resistance weld mill at Camp-Hill Corp. in the First Ward, and the CP Industries facility in Christy Park.

Plus, there's the former McKeesport Pipe Coating Co., now operated by Dura-Bond, in Liberty Borough.

In fact, Camp-Hill made the new pipes that support the docks at the McKees Point Marina, and Dura-Bond coated them.

Those companies provide well-paid, skilled jobs that also contribute meaningful spin-off employment in steel-making, chemicals, truck and rail transportation, and many other fields.

But right now, Chinese companies (some of them state-subsidized) are dumping billions of dollars of cheap steel pipe on the U.S. market,

I wonder if Camp-Hill, Dura-Bond or CP Industries would like $13 million in tax breaks and subsidies, like those that went to Dish Network?

I'm just askin', that's all.

Your Comments are Welcome!

If you think your idea will ever happen, you are definitely smoking something from a pipe.
Dan - November 11, 2009

You know what we need? MAGLEV TRAINS.

Also, we need another shopping center where the anchor tenants are Dollar Tree, Sassy Nails and Subway. The Mon Valley needs more of those!
Webmaster - November 11, 2009

You forgot those check cashing places. Because, really, I do need an establishment that will take a nice chunk of my paycheck when I cash it, because I can’t figure out how to walk into a bank and open a checking account.
John - November 12, 2009

Why don’t we put all those places on a Maglev train and ship them out of town?
Dan - November 12, 2009

They’ll need another $300 billion for research, Dan.
Webmaster - November 12, 2009

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