From Resurrection To Uncertainty: The Rollercoaster Ride Of U.S. Steel's Granite City Plant

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 29 November 2023 23:59
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In a significant move, U.S. Steel has announced plans to restart two blast furnaces and recall 500 employees at its Granite City plant in Illinois.

This decision comes in the wake of President Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The move has also resulted in the creation of 800 new jobs in the steel and aluminum industries within just two days.

President Trump himself visited Granite City in July 2018 to address the steelworkers at the reopened US Steel plant. The President was greeted by a crowd of enthusiastic supporters lining the streets, eager to show their appreciation for his efforts in revitalizing the community.

During his visit, a local KSDK reporter had the opportunity to speak with one of the steelworkers at the Granite City plant. The worker, a third-generation steelworker, expressed his gratitude for President Trump's actions, which had brought back jobs and hope to the western Illinois community. Emotionally, he shared how he had been out of work for two-and-a-half years before the plant reopened.

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"It's nice to know we have someone fighting for us, to keep our jobs," the steelworker said, tears welling up in his eyes. "It was rough for a lot of us."

When asked what message he would like to convey to those watching about President Trump, the steelworker simply replied, "We're back."

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It is worth noting that former House Speaker Paul Ryan, known for his globalist stance, was against the Trump policy that led to the resurgence of these jobs. However, despite the initial success, US Steel recently announced its intention to cut around 1,000 jobs at the Granite City plant in June 2022.

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Furthermore, Granite Steel, on Tuesday, declared that it would "indefinitely" halt primary operations at its Granite City facility, potentially resulting in the layoff of up to 1,000 employees.

This stark contrast between President Trump and Joe Biden is evident. While Trump played a pivotal role in reopening the plant and bringing back jobs, Biden's policies have led to its shutdown. The impact on the Granite City community and its workers cannot be overstated.

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