Mills welcome DOD decision on armor plate

Aug 01, 2012 | 03:25 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Department of Defense, armor plate, Klein Steel, ArcelorMittal, Clifton Steel, John Mengel, Herb Neides, John Batiste Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Steel companies that sell armor plate have welcomed a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) proposal to reinstate a 35-year-old requirement that the product be melted and finished in the United States in order to be deemed "domestically produced."

The department loosened the definition of "domestically produced" for armor plate in 2009 to include steel that had only the secondary manufacturing steps completed in the United States because it believed there wasn’t enough domestically available material to produce the armor that went into mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles.

One armor plate supplier estimated that the government ordered more than 26,000 such vehicles in the past 10 years for use in Iraq and Afghanistan.....

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