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Public procurement localisation
In 2012 the Ohio General Assembly enacted a bill (HB487) generally requiring that, as of September 10, 2012, projects funded at least in part by state capital funds must use steel products made in the United States. More precisely, the law states that - "'W'henever any building or structure, including highway improvements, in whole or in part supported by state capital funds, including moneys from the education facilities trust fund, is to be erected or constructed, or whenever additions, alterations, or structural or other improvements are to be made, if any steel products are to be purchased for or provided in the construction, repair, or improvement project, only steel products as defined in division (F) of this section shall be purchased for or provided in the project." Division (F) further provides that this provision relates to "products rolled, formed, shaped, drawn, extruded, forged, cast, fabricated or otherwise similarly processed, or processed by a combination of two or more of such operations, and used for load-bearing structural purposes, from steel made in the United States by the open hearth, basic oxygen, electric furnace, bessemer or other steel making process." Persons found to violate this law are subject to investigation and a civil action.
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