With news of the idling of a local steel mill, local government officials are offering their reaction to the announcement. Slowing worldwide demand and what the company calls unfair foreign competition are two reasons U.S. Steel cited as it announced plans to cease operations at its plant in Granite City and lay off nearly 2,100 workers.
Madison County spokesman Jeff Wehling says it’s not just the workers being given pink slips that will be affected.
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State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) says the last time this happened community service organizations were put to the test.
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Madison County is working with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to deploy a Rapid Response Team that will aid furloughed workers with programs and services. The plant will stop operations on May 28 and remain closed for at least two months.