Corporation (USS) is announcing that it will restart one of two blast
furnaces (“B” blast furnace) and the steelmaking facilities at its Granite
City Works, an integrated steelmaking plant in Granite City, Ill.
capacity will support anticipated increased demand for steel in the U.S.
from the pending tariffs on steel and aluminum which President Trump
announced on March 1, as a result of the U.S. Department of Commerce Section
232 national security investigation on steel imports.
“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 U.S. markets,” USS President and CEO David Burritt said.
“The Section 232 action announced by President Trump last week recognizes
the significant threat steel imports pose to our national and economic
security. 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. We will continue to support
our customers with the high-quality products they have come to expect from
U. S. Steel.”
anticipates calling back approximately 500 employees beginning this month.
The restart process could take up to four months.
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,” Burritt
said. “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. Together, we are
committed to ensuring the steel industry remains a fundamental part of
American manufacturing because American manufacturing is stronger with
The company expects
to provide information on the anticipated financial impact of the restart as
more details on the President’s executive order become available for
analysis in the coming days. Both Granite City Works blast furnaces and its
steelmaking facilities were idled in December 2015 and the plant’s hot strip
mill was idled in January 2016 in response to challenging market conditions,
including global excess steel capacity and unfairly traded imports.
The pickle line,
cold mill, and finishing lines at Granite City Works continued to operate in
line with customer demand. The hot strip mill was restarted in February 2017
as the company adjusted its hot strip mill operating configuration to meet
customer needs after deciding to accelerate the pace of its asset
revitalization efforts. Granite City's “A” blast furnace remains idled.