Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

US Steel to Restart Illinois Plant Operations Amid Trump's Tariff Plans

US Steel will restart the idled Granite City steel plant, bring 500 workers back USW Welcomes News of Restart at US Steel Granite City Works
Laurie Berry | 10 March, 2018, 11:06

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) announced today it will restart one of two blast furnaces ("B" blast furnace) and the steelmaking facilities at its Granite City Works, an integrated steelmaking plant in Granite City, Ill.

The plant has been idle since late 2015.

"The steelworkers' mentality - I think a lot of them were slow to admit they needed help, but we tried to show them it's not a handout, it's a hand up", said Russell Homyer, manager of the Community Care Center, which helped provide monthly food boxes to steelworkers' families during the time of the layoffs. The company says the change comes due to anticipated demand for more USA steel in response to Trump's tariff announcement last week.

"Our Granite City Works facility and employees, as well as the surrounding community, have suffered too long from the unending waves of unfairly traded steel products that have flooded USA markets", the company's CEO David Burritt saidin a statement.

U.S. Steel announced Wednesday it will restart a blast furnace next month in Granite City. U.S. Steel plans to bring 500 steelworkers back to work if President Donald Trump goes forward with plans to act on a Section 232 investigation that concluded a surge in steel imports was eroding the American steel industry and threatening national security.

Former Irish president condemns Catholic Church as 'empire of misogyny'
The pope has promised to put more women in senior positions in the Vatican but critics say he is moving too slowly. She said: "A Church that is homophobic and anti-abortion is not the church of the future".

"Through our operations and our shared joint ventures (in Minnesota) we have iron ore pellet production capability that exceeds our steelmaking capability in the U.S.", Meghan Cox, U.S. Steel spokeswoman, told the News Tribune. The pickle line, cold mill and finishing lines at Granite City Works continued to operate in line with customer demand.

"Our Granite City Works facility and employees, as well as the surrounding community, have suffered too long from the unending waves of unfairly traded steel products that have flooded US markets", Burritt said.

The hot strip mill was restarted in February.

"Workers across the United States, especially those in steel towns like Granite City, have for too always been the victims of the illegal and unfair practices of our overseas trading partners, particularly China".

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