United States Steel Corp. will restart one of two blast furnaces and the steelmaking facilities at its Granite City Works, an integrated steelmaking plant in Granite City, Ill. The company anticipates calling back approximately 500 employees beginning this month. The restart process could take up to four months.
The additional capacity will support anticipated increased demand for steel in the U.S. from the pending action announced by President Trump on March 1 as a result of the U.S. Department of Commerce Section 232 national security investigation on steel imports.
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. The hot-strip mill was restarted in February 2017. Granite City's second blast furnace remains idled.