Tense Showdown over Steel

The U.S. moves to stop imports in a troubled industry

Perhaps no industry is more suffused with nationalistic pride than steelmaking. Last week brought a chilling whiff of the protectionist sentiments that are easily aroused when steelmen start complaining of foreign competition. At issue were charges filed in January with the U.S. Commerce Department by a group of seven American steel producers, including U.S. Steel, Bethlehem Steel and Jones & Laughlin Steel. The companies charged that foreign producers, mostly from Western Europe, had chiseled their way into a 19% import share of the U.S....

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