US Steel To Reopen Steel Plant

The Move Follows A National Security Investigation On Steel Imports

March 07, 2018 - 11:25 am

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - U.S. Steel says it's reopening a plant that's been idle for nearly two years. 

The company says it will fire up one of two blast furnaces at its Granite City Works, located in Granite City Illionis.

U.S. Steel says the move is a result of President Trumps latest action with the national security investigation on steel imports.

“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 U.S. markets,” said U. S. Steel President and Chief Executive Officer David B. Burritt.

“The Section 232 action announced by President Trump last week recognizes the significant threat steel imports pose to our national and economic security. The President’s strong leadership is needed to begin to level the playing field so companies like ours can compete, win and create jobs that support our employees and the communities in which we operate as well as strengthen our national and economic security. We will continue to support our customers with the high-quality products they have come to expect from U. S. Steel.” said Burritt.

The company expects the restart to take around four months; 500 jobs will be recalled.

“We’ve worked closely and cooperatively with leadership of the United Steelworkers to develop a plan that will help us work through the restart process in the safest, most efficient manner possible while enabling longer-term collaboration designed to improve the plant’s competitiveness,” Burritt said. “We appreciate and thank the USW leadership and membership for their passionate efforts around the Section 232 investigation as well as in support of the restart process at Granite City Works. Together, we are committed to ensuring the steel industry remains a fundamental part of American manufacturing because American manufacturing is stronger with American-made steel.”

The blast furnaces were idled back in January of 2016 due to challenging market conditions.