Minn. Vikings stadium developers detail steel buy

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota stadium developers are providing a fuller accounting of their upcoming steel purchase after word of foreign imports caused concern on the state’s Iron Range.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said Monday that only a fifth of the 18,000 tons of steel needed to build the stadium will come from Europe. In a statement, the authority said the high-grade steel for certain roof components isn’t available from domestic mills.

The additional details were gathered since a Friday meeting when the steel buy was first highlighted. The Associated Press reported Saturday that the use of steel from a Luxembourg manufacturer upset a former Democratic lawmaker who fought for an “American-made” clause in the stadium law.

Taconite is mined in northern Minnesota, but milled into steel in other parts of the country.

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