Updated at 11:30 a.m., May 28, 2015:
U.S. Steel now says it will not be temporarily shutting down its plant in Granite City. The company announced on Thursday that it will continue to operate one blast furnace and another will be off while new equipment is installed.
U.S. Congressman Mike Bost’s office says about 80 workers will be laid off as production is modified.
The steel maker had announced plans in March to temporarily idle the plant in a move that would have affected more than 2,000 workers (see below.) The company closed coke ovens in Granite City earlier this year, leaving 176 people out of work.
Our earlier story:
A Metro East community is dealing with the temporary shutdown of a major employer for the second time in less than a decade.