Thomas Steel Strip to Grow in Warren

Apr 8, 2021 | News, Newsletter

Steel maker to enter rechargeable battery market  


Nina Holliday


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Thomas Steel Strip, a subdivision of Tata Steel, has announced plans to expand its workforce in Warren, adding 42 new jobs and retaining 220 positions, to support the company’s entrée into the rechargeable battery market.

With a long, rich history in Trumbull County, the company sees great opportunity in the Voltage Valley for the rechargeable battery market, as electric vehicles gain popularity and homes become more reliant on sustainable power sources. Thomas Steel Strip also produces cold-rolled and plated steel products for automotive, construction, packaging, engineering and other industries.

“Thomas Steel Strip has been in Warren, Ohio for nearly 100 years. TSS offers a wide range of electroplated steel which is incorporated in products we use in our everyday lives like, alkaline and rechargeable batteries, automotive application, sporting ammunition and decorative products,” said Mike Morris, TSS President and CEO. “TSS is extremely excited to have worked with Team NEO, JobsOhio, The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and Congressman Tim Ryan on this exciting expansion of our company. Our goal is to be a proud employer for another 100 years. Thanks to collaboration like this we feel certain we will achieve this goal.”

Citing the Northeast Ohio Region’s proximity to markets and talented workforce, Thomas Steel Strip executives collaborated on this expansion with the office of Congressman Tim Ryan and an economic development team comprised of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, JobsOhio and Team NEO.

“The Mahoning Valley is rapidly being recognized as America’s ‘Voltage Valley.’ The clean and renewable energy revolution will help reshape our region’s economy, revitalize our workforce, and address global energy and environmental concerns,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “I commend Thomas Steel Strip for the vision to embrace these emerging technologies. Equally, I would like to thank JobsOhio, Team NEO and all the economic development partners that helped pave the way for this remarkable occasion.”  

“We are pleased to have collaborated with our local and regional partners to help Thomas Steel Strip navigate the resources that supported this project,” said  Shea MacMillan, Director, Economic Development Projects for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. “Seeing a local company grow into the rechargeable battery market speaks to their creativity and perseverance.”

“Thomas Steel Strip knows this area and recognizes not only the quality of our regional workforce of 2 million-plus, but also the growing momentum in the Voltage Valley, as companies develop innovative technologies to meet the needs of emerging markets,” said Team NEO CEO Bill Koehler. “Along with our local partners and JobsOhio, Team NEO looks forward to ensuring this forward-thinking company’s continued success in Warren.”   


About Thomas Steel Strip
Thomas Steel Strip Corp. (TSSC), located in Warren, OH, is one of the world’s leading experts in the production of cold-rolled and electro-plated steel products, including Nickel, Nickel-Cobalt, and Nickel-Zinc. Our unique in-house expertise and nearly 100 years of experience allow us to custom-tailor products to meet extremely demanding applications in various industries that require complex fabricating, stamping, roll-forming, and deep drawing. TSSC is one of multiple sites located within Tata Steel Plating, which serves customers globally. For more information, visit

About Team NEO
Team NEO is a private, nonprofit economic development organization accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of the Northeast Ohio Region. As the designated JobsOhio Network Partner, we align and amplify local economic development efforts in the region’s 18-counties; we conduct research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; we market the Northeast Ohio Region; and we work to increase access to jobs, education and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. We do this to build a more vibrant regional economy; one that is more talented, equitable, competitive, innovative, resilient and prosperous. For more information, visit

About JobsOhio
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

 About Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber
The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is a private, nonprofit economic development organization serving Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Northeast Ohio. The Regional Chamber supports local expansion and attraction of new investment and job creation in the two-county area by providing services such as site selection, customized research and program coordination. The Regional Chamber is currently managing nearly $1.5 billion of pending investment that is expected to be announced over the next 12 to 24 months. For more information, visit

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