Rule Change Requires US-Made Plate For Military Applications

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Rule Change Requires US-Made Plate For Military Applications

April 4, 2013  |  Steel Business Briefing

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has reinstated a rule requiring domestically produced armor plate be used in American military vehicles and equipment.

The agency’s decision this week restored a rule that had been in place for 35 years before being overturned in 2009. Under the 2009 change, the DoD had allowed steel plate made elsewhere – but quenched and tempered in America – to be used. Now, it will have to be both melted and finished in the US.

“We know how to make steel armor plate here in America, and there’s no reason why countries like China and Russia should be making the steel used in our military’s vehicles and equipment,” US Sen. Sherrod Brown said in a statement.

Cliffs Natural Resources executive VP and global commercial president, Donald Gallagher, said in the same statement that the DoD’s decision “acts as recognition that domestic steelmakers have the capability to manufacture sufficient quantities of armor plate from the initial melting stages of production.”

Association of Steel Distributors VP Brian Robbins, CEO of MidWest Materials, called the rule change “a step in the right direction to support the domestic steel industry and American manufacturing.”

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