Rep. Lepore-Hagan Responds To Vallourec Star Mill Pause
Falling oil prices, decreased demand to spur temporary factory shutdown

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) released the following statement today in response to the news that Vallourec Star will temporarily shut down its Youngstown plant for three weeks due to declining oil prices:

“I am deeply concerned for the families and workers that will be hurt by the mill’s idling. I reached out to Vallourec Star management several weeks ago, as it became apparent that steel workers in Ohio could bear the brunt of declining oil and gas prices. Although I am disappointed with this set back, I respect the proactive approach Vallourec used to minimize effects on employees.

“Ultimately, Vallourec Star’s initial decision to invest in Youngstown was informed in large part by our worker’s expertise in manufacturing and the robust work ethic found in Northeast Ohio— nothing about that has changed. I remain hopeful that changes in the oil and gas market will not negatively affect our area in the long-term. The sooner our folks can get back to work, the better.” 

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