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State Senator Gayle Manning (R- North Ridgeville) recently announced that the state Controlling Board has approved the release of a $200,000 Rapid Outreach Grant to the U.S. Steel Corporation (USSC) to help purchase new machinery and equipment as part of the company's expansion in Lorain, a project that is expected to create 80 new jobs and retain more than 500 others. "USSC's decision to expand and create jobs at its Lorain facility is welcome news for the community and hopefully a sign of good things to come for Ohio's manufacturing industry," Manning said. "I applaud USSC for investing in Ohio and congratulate all those involved in this project." USSC is investing $93 million in its facility that will allow it to heat treat and finish tubing and casing products used in the exploration of natural gas and fossil fuels. The grant funds released by the Controlling Board will be used to purchase including a tempering furnace, quench system, hot-roll straightener, cooling bed, non-destructive testing and inspection equipment, hydrotester, threading/facing machines, end coupling applier, thread protector applier and coating system. The company has committed to funding the balance of the $80 million in machinery and equipment costs. USSC manufactures a wide range of value-added steel sheet and tubular products for the automotive, appliance, container, industrial machinery, construction, and oil and gas industries. Their facility in Lorain consists of two operating mills that produce items used in various applications, such as oil exploration and production, slurry transportation, pressurized gas storage, process piping and tubular structural components. In addition to the grant funds approved this week, USSC has also been awarded an Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority in support of this project. The Ohio Department of Development also committed a $200,000 Economic Development Contingency and $180,000 Ohio Workforce Guarantee grants.
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