Durbin Statement On U.S. Steel’s Decision To Temporarily Idle Granite City Works

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement regarding U.S. Steel’s announcement to temporarily idle blast furnace ‘B’ at the Granite City Works plant:

“Steel production is a key component of our nation's economic health.  It is also a major source of employment throughout the country and in the State of Illinois, where the steel industry supports thousands of jobs.  Idling blast furnace ‘B’ at Granite City Works—even temporarily—will have a significant impact on its workers and the local economy.

“I urge U.S. Steel to work closely with the community and employees to ease these impacts and reopen blast furnace ‘B’ as soon as possible.”