Oregon State Governor Tina Kotek signed House Bill 3332 into law at an event today, reinforcing Oregon’s commitment to local industries and cleaner infrastructure by championing domestically-produced iron and steel in public projects. The new law includes a grant initiative to support small businesses as they work to meet Oregon’s strong domestic production benchmarks.“When lawmakers, labor, and business come together with a unified purpose remarkable things can happen,” said BlueGreen Alliance Oregon State Policy Manager Ranfis Giannettino Villatoro. “House Bill 3332 stands as a testament to that. This legislation underscores what is possible when we align our state’s bold ambitions to combat climate change with strategic economic investments.”
Labor unions and environmental organizations in the state lauded the passage of the bill. The groups said the law symbolizes a future where Oregon thrives both economically and as a leader in the clean energy revolution—setting a precedent for other states to follow.
“Oregon’s Ironworkers stand at the forefront of a new age in sustainable construction,” said Journeyworker Courtney Newberg from Ironworkers Local 29. “Today’s bill signing reinforces our commitment to quality, local jobs. We are deeply thankful to Governor Kotek and Speaker Rayfield, along with the unified efforts of other lawmakers and advocates, for working to promote both sustainability and the skilled trades.”
“With the ‘Buy America’ bill, Oregon is making a resounding declaration: our public investments are rooted right here, directly benefiting Oregon workers,” said United Steelworkers Sub-District 3 Director Ron Rodgers. “Today’s bill signing is a step in the right direction to prioritize the local economy for iron and steel. This will not just bolster our workers here in Oregon but also lay the foundation for a cleaner, more sustainable future of building throughout the state.”
“The ‘Buy America’ bill is more than just legislation-into-law; it’s a commitment to Oregon’s backbone—our workers,” said Oregon AFL-CIO President Graham Trainor. “It signifies our dedication to those who have a legacy building in this state, ensuring that every taxpayer dollar amplifies and uplifts our local industries and workforce. It’s a bold move that reflects our undying commitment to not just economic growth but growth that respects, honors, and benefits the hardworking union members of our state.”