– In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, Pennsylvania state Reps. Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny/Washington) and Frank Burns (D-Cambria), co-chairs of the Pennsylvania House Steel Caucus, joined fellow House Steel Caucus members for a tour of the U.S. Steel Mon Valley Works’ Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock.
The event was designed to provide members of the House Steel Caucus with the opportunity to tour Pennsylvania’s largest steel manufacturing facility. The U.S. Steel Mon Valley Works is an integrated steelmaking operation that includes four separate facilities: the Clairton Coke Plant, Edgar Thomson Plant, Irvin Plant and the Fairless Plant. The Edgar Thomson Plant, located about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Braddock is where basic steel production takes place.
“As co-chair of the House Steel Caucus, it was a pleasure to visit the Edgar Thomson Plant on National Manufacturing Day and see firsthand the amazing steelmaking process,” said Mihalek. “As someone who was born and raised in the Mon Valley, I know very well how proud our region is of our steel industry and the outstanding work ethic of the thousands of employees here at U.S. Steel’s Mon Valley Works.”
“Steelmaking and manufacturing are critical to our nation’s national security, building our infrastructure and providing good-paying jobs to support families and communities,” Burns said. “As co-chair of the steel caucus, I am committed to supporting PA’s steel industry, its great workforce and advancing policies in Harrisburg that promote Pennsylvania manufacturing and the jobs it provides.”
The event coincided with National Manufacturing Day, held annually on the first Friday in October, and aims to share and promote modern manufacturing and careers in manufacturing. During this national day of observation, thousands of companies around the nation are encouraged to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.