By Tom Conway
USW International President

Sam Phillips and Trey Maestas fought tirelessly to save TIMET’s titanium sponge plant, both to protect the jobs of about 420 co-workers and safeguard America’s future.

The decades-old facility in Henderson, Nev., was the nation’s last remaining producer of the coral-like material essential for manufacturing warplanes, munitions, satellites, civilian jetliners, ships and even joints for artificial hips.

The plant’s closing last year — despite the best efforts of Phillips and Maestas of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4856 — left the nation completely dependent on foreign imports of titanium sponge and further decimated manufacturing supply…

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