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Granite City Gets Green Light to Restart Steel Furnaces

June 06, 2018 - 10:13 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Both blast furnaces at Granite City Works are coming back online, bringing hundreds more jobs than initially thought.

U.S. Steel President and CEO David Burritt says market conditions, demand and the tariffs imposed on foreign steel and aluminum make this the right decision.

Congressman Mike Bost was caught by surprise, but he says this is part of the plan to make the United States more independent.

“Instead of being dependent on kores through steel that’s run through China, we will actually have it right here, domestically made available, and they can do it and compete in a way that is necessary,” he says.

U.S. Steel announced in March it would restart blast furnace B, bringing back 500 jobs. Blast Furnace A is the latest to get the green light -- bringing 300 jobs.

“That’s 300 jobs, 300 more families coming back to work, it’s a great thing, not counting the spin-off jobs that come with that, and then they believe that the turn-up process should be up to full capacity by October,” he says.