U.S. Steel plans to restart the second of two idled blast furnaces and hire 300 employees at its mill in Granite City, Illinois.
That follows the Pittsburgh-based company’s March announcement that it would restart its other Granite City blast furnace and bring back 500 jobs.
U.S. Steel laid off hundreds of workers at the suburban St. Louis plant starting in late 2015, with headcount at the 2,000-worker facility dipping as low as 100.
The plant’s hiring surge comes amid President Donald Trump’s moves to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, and as oil prices have hit their highest levels since 2015, driving up demand for domestic oil infrastructure.
The restart of the first furnace is underway, and the second furnace is expected to be operational by October, according to the company.
The first newly made steel to come from the plant in more than two years was completed Tuesday, a union representative from the facility said.
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