U.S. Steel looking at potential restart of Keetac

Updated: October 30, 2020 05:53 PM

Better news for Keetac steelworkers. Their parent company, U.S. Steel, said because of market conditions, they are looking at a potential restart of the idled plant.

Keetac was idled indefinitely this spring, leaving hundreds out of work.

U.S. Steel's CEO Dave Burritt said on the conference call Friday morning, "We are prepared for the continued strong demand expected this winter. We are analyzing timing around restarting our Keetac iron ore pellet facility."

Burritt added that they want to make sure they have the right inventory while the locks are closed on the Great Lakes.

Other mines, like Hibbing Taconite and Northshore idled during the pandemic, but have since restarted. 

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