February 21, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Granite City, IL – About 200 laid-off steelworkers will get their jobs back as U.S. Steel partially restarts its mill here. It will start up the 80-inch hot-strip mill, which flattens steel slabs into thin coils, but will not be firing up the furnaces that process iron ore into steel.
“U.S. Steel is using our facilities to process steel, but not to make steel yet,” United Steelworkers official Dave Dowling told the Alton Telegraph. “We still have hundreds and hundreds of workers laid off because we don’t have any steel or iron working going.” The company, which lost $1.6 billion in 2015, has laid off about 1,500 workers at the mill, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The steel industry has been struggling with artificially cheap foreign imports and a decline in the production of oil-drilling rigs. Dowling said it has recovered somewhat because the federal government has “recognized that illegal dumping of steel” was occurring and levied tariffs and other duties on steel imported from offshore from certain companies and countries. Read more