About 500 steelworkers will be heading back to work this month. U.S. Steel has announced it will be restarting one of two blast furnaces and the steel-making facilities at it's plant in Granite City in anticipation of increased demand as a result of President Donald Trump's announcement of pending tariffs on steel imports. Congressman Mike Bost says he got the news Tuesday night.
About a year ago, the company called a little more than 200 workers back as it restarted its hot strip mill. About 2,300 men and women at the Granite City plant were put out of work with the facility's idling in December 2015. The restart of the "B" blast furnace could take up to four months. The "A" blast furnace remains idled.