Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan will be leading a local delegation comprised of Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnaur, Madison County Community & Economic Development administrator Frank Miles, and Steelworker’s union officials to Washington, D.C. with the goal of getting local steelworkers back on the job. The first of about 2,000 workers at the U.S. Steel plant in Granite City were laid off last month as the company moved forward with what it calls a temporary idling of operations.
It is not known how long the shutdown will last, but the plant was idled for about 6 months in 2008. The flat-rolled steel made locally is used mainly by the oil industry, which has cut back production. Dunstan says he would like to see the plant retooled so that it could provide steel for a variety of uses.
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The Madison County delegation is also scheduled with key representatives of the U.S. Department of Commerce, including the assistant secretary for Legislative and Government Affairs, the assistant secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, and the deputy chief counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance.