Pittsburgh-based steelmaker U.S. Steel Corp. said it will restart one of two idled blast furnaces and a steelmaking facility in Granite City, bringing back about 500 jobs.
The company will start recalling workers later this month and the restart process could take up to four months.
U.S. Steel’s announcement follows President Donald Trump’s decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel. U.S. Steel chief executive praised the new tariff in a statement, saying it helps to “level the playing field” for American steelmakers.
The U.S. Steel blast furnaces and steelmaking facilities have been idle since December 2015 and the plant’s hot strip mill has been idle since January 2016. More than 1,500 workers were laid off when parts of the plant, which previously employed 2,000, shut down.
The steel plant started bringing back some of the jobs over a year before Trump announced the steel tariff. U.S. Steel reactivated the hot strip mill in February 2017, bringing back about 200 workers.
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