Durbin Statement on Sale of U.S. Steel & Future of Granite City Works

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement regarding reports that the Japanese-based Nippon Steel Corp. has agreed to purchase U.S. Steel, the parent company of Granite City Works in the Metro East:

“I’ve been fighting for years to save jobs at Granite City Works.  And I’ve been troubled by announcements over the last several years about reducing production and slashing jobs at this plant.  With the recent news that U.S. Steel will be purchased by Japanese-based Nippon Steel Corp—despite the concerns of its workforce—even more questions and concerns are raised.

“The United States used to lead the world in production of steel, but we have fallen behind.  The sale of U.S. Steel to a foreign-based company only exacerbates that problem.  I will be working with local and state officials to ensure the future of this critical plant and its great workers.”