Vikings stadium to use foreign steel

Iron Range newsIt was revealed over the weekend that the new Vikings stadium will be importing some foreign steel despite provisions requiring “Iron Range steel” be used in the construction of the huge new complex.

Contractors say that portions of the new stadium require a certain kind of steel so specific that it’s not available on the domestic market. This, as you can imagine, has some Iron Range lawmakers fuming over what they perceived as an important part of the deal to get their votes for the stadium in the 2012 legislative session.

Further, the nature of the steel business makes it difficult to ensure that even the domestic steel used in the project is forged from Iron Range taconite. It’s kind of like trying to ensure that hot dogs have southern Minnesota pigs in them. It’s a game of probability.

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