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United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk to Update on Obama Administration's Trade Enforcement Efforts in Major Address to Pennsylvania Manufacturing Workers

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m., United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk will speak to Pennsylvania manufacturing workers about how the Obama Administration has stepped up enforcement of U.S. trade agreements in support of American workers’ rights to compete on a level playing field in the global market. The address will take place at Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI)’s plant in Washington, Pennsylvania. Ambassador Kirk is returning to the Pittsburgh area for this enforcement update, after pledging last year in a speech to steelworkers at the Mon Valley Steel Works - Edgar Thomson plant in Braddock to make trade enforcement a top priority.

In his remarks, Ambassador Kirk will describe how the Obama Administration’s trade enforcement actions are helping to sustain jobs here in America by making sure that U.S. trading partners adhere to their agreements, respect our trading rights, and play by the rules. Kirk will also discuss how the Obama Administration’s approach to trade, combining tough trade enforcement and smart trade expansion, contributes to President Obama’s National Export Initiative and his overall economic recovery strategy.

ATI is a leading diversified producer of specialty metals. With 8,600 employees, ATI operates production facilities, service centers and sales offices throughout the United States and abroad. ATI uses innovative technologies and systems to supply customers with state-of-the-art metals. ATI’s business covers growing global markets across industries ranging from aerospace and infrastructure to clean energy production and efficient electric distribution.

WHO: United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk

WHAT: Major Policy Address on U.S. Trade Enforcement to be given at Allegheny Technologies Incorporated

WHEN: Friday, July 30, 2010

   10:00 a.m. Eastern Time

WHERE: Allegheny Technologies Incorporated

     500 Green St.

     Washington, PA 15301-2335

NOTE TO MEDIA: Please contact Marguerite O’Brien of the USTR Press Office at 202-395-3230 or by e-mail at MO’Brien@ustr.eop.gov to RSVP. Upon arrival at Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, you will receive a press badge for the event.