The approximate 2,000 layoffs at the U.S. Steel Granite City Works plant has been a major hit to the regional economy, and some local lawmakers are trying to find a fix to the problems plaguing the steel industry. A delegation of local officials will be heading to Washington DC this week to try to convince members of Congress to take action against the illegal dumping of foreign steel on the U.S. market.
Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan hopes to bend the ear of those that could help defend the country's steel-makers.
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The flat-rolled steel made locally is used mainly by the oil industry, which has cut back production. It also makes a steel of the quality sought by auto manufacturers. Dunstan says he would like to see the plant retooled so that it could provide steel for a variety of uses. The trip was originally planned for last month, but was cancelled due to bad weather.