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A panel of guests from U.S. Steel Corp., the United Steelworkers union, the building trades and state government will participate in a discussion called “The Future of Manufacturing in the Mon Valley.”
The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at the Sunset Room, off Route 48 in Elizabeth Twp., and is being organized by the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce.
Although tickets are free, seats are limited and advance registration is required, said Maury Burgwin, the chamber’s executive director. For more information, call (412) 678-2450 or visit the website.
Television personality Michael Bartley of Steeltown Entertainment, formerly of WQED-TV, will moderate the discussion, which also will include Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, Johnna Pro of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, state Sen. Jim Brewster, and state Reps. Austin Davis, Bill Kortz and Mike Puskaric.
The luncheon is timed to coincide with National Manufacturing Day and is being sponsored by U.S. Steel.
Invitations also have been extended to several other Mon-Yough area manufacturers, Burgwin said.
Burgwin noted that the luncheon is being held at a time when the future of manufacturing --- especially steelmaking --- remains a topic of intense interest for McKeesport area residents.
U.S. Steel announced plans in May to invest more than $1 billion in its Mon Valley Works, including an advanced rolling mill at its Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock and North Braddock, and a co-generation facility at its Clairton Plant that would turn some of the coke-oven gas produced there into electrical power.
At the same time, health advocates and environmentalists have been pressuring U.S. Steel and the owners of other industrial facilities to do more to address the region's long-standing air quality problems.
“We are still firming up all of the panelists but I think it's going to be a very substantive discussion,” Burgwin said.
Originally published September 20, 2019.