U.S. Steel has announced it is closing its coke plant in Granite City, eliminating 176 jobs in the process. The company made the announcement this week and spoke to employees who would be affected. The coke operation is expected to close by late March.
The company said operating two aging coke ovens at the mill, in the current economy, was no longer efficient. The company will be meeting with leaders from the United Steelworkers of America next week to discuss its plans and the impact on the employees. U.S. Steel is based in Pittsburgh, and purchased the Granite City plant from National Steel in 2003.