The first of about 2,000 layoffs at the U.S. Steel Granite City Works plant will begin 2 weeks from today. Starting December 27, the first workers will be leaving the plant as it heads toward an idling of the facility. There is no word on how long the "temporary" idling will last.
An idling in late 2008 lasted about six months. Once the entire plant shuts down, all that will be left is a skeleton crew to perform necessary maintenance duties. 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. The company planned a May layoff in Granite City, but cancelled the decision as business picked up for the summer. U.S. Steel closed a plant near Birmingham, Alabama, earlier this year, cutting about 11-hundred jobs.