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U.S. Steel to Restart Long Idled Steel Plant in Granite City, Ill.

Granite City Works will be restarted after announced tariffs on steel imports. Granite City Works will be restarted after announced tariffs on steel imports. |  Photo: Courtesy: Local 1899

Created: March 07, 2018 10:17 AM

Great news for steelworkers who've been off the job for two years in Granite City, Ill. U.S. Steel announced on Wednesday morning that they are re-starting one of two blast furnaces at Granite City Works.

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This is in response to President Trump's announcement about steel tariffs, which came last week.

In a statement, U.S. Steel said they plan on calling back about 500 employees starting this month. The restart process could take up to four months.

"We've worked closely and cooperatively with leadership of the United Steelworkers to develop a plan that will help us work through the restart process in the safest, most efficient manner possible while enabling longer-term collaboration designed to improve the plant's competitiveness," said CEO David Burritt. "We appreciate and thank the USW leadership and membership for their passionate efforts around the Section 232 investigation, as well as in support of the restart process at Granite City Works."

In the past, pellets made at Keetac did support steelmaking at Granite City, which is near St. Louis.

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