HKS Vikings stadium design
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota stadium developers are providing a more detailed 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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