The U.S. Steel Granite City Works will be temporarily idled. The announcement came Monday afternoon, affecting about 2,000 employees at the plant. The flat-rolled steel made locally is used mainly by the oil industry, which has cut back production.
The plant in Granite City supplies steel product for a U.S. Steel plant in Texas, which makes pipe for the oil industry. The company gave a 60-day notice to its workers as required by federal law and says it is considering the closing as part of consolidation efforts throughout North America. The company planned a May layoff in Granite City for the same reason, 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.