U.S. Steel Will Restart Blast Furnace at Granite City
By Metal Center News Staff
on Jun 6, 2018
United States Steel Corp. will restart the second of two blast furnaces at its Granite City Works in Granite City, Ill. The restart of the “A” blast furnace is in response to increased demand for steel manufacturing, the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker said.
“We are excited to announce that after the restart of the 'A' blast furnace on or around Oct. 1, all of the steelmaking operations at Granite City will be back on line, helping us meet an increased demand for American-made steel that has only grown since our March announcement,” said U.S. Steel President and CEO David B. Burritt. “After careful consideration of market conditions and customer demand, including the impact of Section 232, the restart of the two blast furnaces at Granite City Works will allow us to serve our customers’ growing demand for high quality products melted and poured in the United States.”
The company will hire around 300 new employees for the restart of blast furnace “A,” which will support increased shipments beginning in the fourth quarter. In March, U.S. Steel announced the restart of Granite City Works’ blast furnace “B” and steelmaking operations that brought back 500 positions, filled by new and returning employees. The restart of blast furnace “B” is in progress.