McKeesport firm to pay $429,000 to settle claims of illegal use of foreign steel

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A McKeesport company has agreed to pay $429,000 to settle a lawsuit over its use of foreign-produced steel in public works projects, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said today.

Ms. Kane sued Ryco as well as its owners and officers last year, alleging that company affiliates violated three state laws governing the use of steel produced outside the United States in public projects.

“The use of American-made steel and other products in projects funded by taxpayer dollars helps protect American companies and, most importantly good-paying American jobs," Ms. Kane said in a prepared statement.

According to the lawsuit, the illegal steel was used in a number of projects in Western Pennsylvania, including for the Norwin and Blairsville-Saltzburg school districts and at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ryco was paid about $1.5 million for working on the projects.

Ryco mislead officials by certifying that they were complying with the three state laws, Ms. Kane said.

A statement released by her office said Ryco is owned by Robert Bosco and Thomas Sherry Jr.

Len Boselovic: or 412-263-1941.

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