Trump’s cabinet pick credited with saving Warren steel plant

The Trumbull County Republican Party Chair thinks Wilbur Ross is a good pick for Commerce secretary

Trump's pick for Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, is credited with saving LTV Steel in Warren Township.


WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – As President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet takes shape, the man picked to be the government’s top business advocate is making waves. Some are calling Wilbur Ross a “great” choice, especially for areas like Warren.

Trumbull County Republican Party Chairman Randy Law thinks Ross is a good pick for Commerce secretary.

“Donald doesn’t call me about every pick but when he does, I certainly give him my advice, and I think it was a very good pick,” Law said.

He says Ross’ ties to the area are beneficial to economies like the Valley’s.

President-elect Donald Trump pauses for photographs with investor Wilbur Ross as he leaves the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President-elect Donald Trump pauses for photographs with investor Wilbur Ross as he leaves the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“He’s invested in this community and communities like ours, and he’s seen the good and he’s seen the bad of it, and he’s seen what works and doesn’t work, and I think that’s important moving forward.”

It was 14 years ago that his firm merged bankrupt steelmakers, like LTV, and formed the “International Steel Group.” That move is credited for saving plants like the one in Warren Township, and the jobs that went along with it.

ISG’s assets have since been sold, but the plant is still operational under ArcelorMittal.

“He’s seen what communities like Warren and Trumbull County look like, and how they operate economically,” Law said. “He can take that experience to Washington.”

In an interview with CNN, Ross said that even though he and Trump are billionaires, the new administration has what it takes to help working people.

“The fact that you’re successful doesn’t mean you can’t relate to working people,” Ross said.

Law thinks successful people are just who the country needs in office.

“We need one very wealthy man to make a lot of people back to work and have a good living,” he said.

Ross has made a career out of saving dying companies. Some of his biggest successes have been in the steel and coal industries, areas that Trump has been vocal about reviving.

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