Citing Trump's Tariffs, US Steel Says It Will Reopen Illinois Plant


One of two blast furnaces and the steel-making facilities at Granite City Works in IL will be restarted, U.S. Steel said Wednesday.

Residents and business owners in a small IL town outside St. Louis are celebrating after U.S. Steel Corp. announced it is reinstating 500 jobs for the reopening of a steel processing facility.

"Our Granite City Works facility and employees, as well as the surrounding community, have suffered too long from the unending waves of unfairly traded steel products that have flooded USA markets", David B. Burritt, U. S. Steel CEO, said in a statement.

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Trump announced last week that he would impose tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum and is expected to sign the measure later this week.

Burritt also praised Trump for recognizing steel imports as a national and economic security threat. The President's strong leadership is needed to begin to level the playing field so companies like ours can compete, win and create jobs that support our employees and the communities in which we operate as well as strengthen our national and economic security.

The Belleville News Democrat reports that Pittsburg, Pennsylvania-based U.S. Steel said Wednesday that it anticipates calling about 500 Granite City Works employees back to work in March. And U.S. Steel said it would revive the furnace and steelmaking facilities when orders returned. The restart process could take up to four months.

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"Workers across the United States, especially those in steel towns like Granite City, have for too always been the victims of the illegal and unfair practices of our overseas trading partners, particularly China".

"Perhaps no steel town in the country is as closely identified with its mill as the town of Granite City is with the historic Granite City Works".

A worker stands January 22, 2015, outside the U.S. Steel Corp. coke plant, part of the company's complex in Granite City, Ill.

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