A temporary shutdown of a local steel mill will not happen after all. More than 2,000 employees of U. S. Steel’s Granite City plant had expected to receive pink slips, but the company has changed its plans and will now lay off 80 employees and keep one blast furnace in operation.
When word of the plans to shut down operations at the plant were announced in late March, company officials said it was part of a plan to consolidate its North American operations. U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) tells The Big Z he’s not sure why the company has changed its course.
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There is a bill being worked on in Congress that Bost says could more quickly address the illegal dumping of cheap foreign steel in the United States. The last time a temporary idle of the plant happened was in 2008.