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Worthington Industries Lauds ITC’S Affirmative Vote in Chinese Non-Refillable Steel Cylinders Trade Case

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 16, 2021 - The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that unfairly traded imports of DOT-39 non-refillable steel cylinders from China have materially injured Worthington Industries. These cylinders deliver gases that are critical for HVAC and refrigeration and service the construction industry.  

“We thank the International Trade Commission for its hard work and careful attention to this investigation,” said Worthington Industries President and CEO Andy Rose.  “The ITC’s affirmative finding is vital to restoring fair market conditions, ensuring the ongoing manufacture of this product by our employees in the United States and will result in more high-quality jobs and expanded production of this essential product.”

Today’s unanimous decision completes the ITC’s investigation into surging volumes of aggressively priced, non-refillable steel cylinder imports from China over the past several years.  The ITC’s affirmative injury determination will result in the U.S. Department of Commerce publishing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on non-refillable cylinder imports from China, expected in early May, requiring importers of these cylinders to pay duties ranging from 82% - 288%. 

Non-refillable steel cylinders are used to store, transport and deliver refrigerant gases, and other products such as foam insulation and spray adhesives.  These cylinders are critical to the retail sector, HVAC and construction industries.  The Company makes DOT-39 non-refillable steel cylinders at its facilities in Columbus, Ohio and Paducah, Ky.  Worthington is represented by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in this case.  

About Worthington Industries
Worthington Industries (NYSE:WOR) is a leading industrial manufacturing company delivering innovative solutions to customers that span many industries including transportation, construction, industrial, agriculture, retail and energy. Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor and producer of laser welded products; and a leading global supplier of pressure cylinders and accessories for applications such as fuel storage, water systems, outdoor living, tools and celebrations. The Company’s brands, primarily sold in retail stores, include Coleman®, Bernzomatic®, Balloon Time®, Mag Torch®, Well-X-Trol®, General®, Garden-Weasel®, Pactool International® and Hawkeye™. Worthington’s WAVE joint venture with Armstrong is the North American leader in innovative ceiling solutions.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington operates 50 facilities in 15 states and seven countries, sells into over 90 countries and employs approximately 8,000 people. Founded in 1955, the Company follows a people-first philosophy with earning money for its shareholders as its first corporate goal. Relentlessly finding new ways to drive progress and practicing a shared commitment to transformation, Worthington makes better solutions possible for customers, employees, shareholders and communities.

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