One week from today workers will return to work at the ArcelorMittal Steel Mill in Georgetown after 18 months out of work.
We will have a stable operation beginning on January 24 where we will start producing steel continuously, and we will ramp up and get production back up where we can bring back another crew in the very near future.
James Sanderson is President of the United Steelworkers Union and says the mill closed in July of 2009 after the economic crisis hit hard. With production starting back at the wire rod-making mill, Sanderson is optimistic.
It means a big boost to the economy of Georgetown and also for the state of South Carolina. Having this plant idle for this period of time because of the economy is something that really put a hardship on the economy here in Georgetown. It took its toll on a lot of businesses and families here in Georgetown County.
Sanderson says they received official word that the plant would reopen on September 29, 2010. Since then–
Since that day the plant has been going through the stage of getting everything in there checked-out, replaced, repaired that needed to be fixed, before we had a safe, successful start-up.
And, that start-up is becoming a reality next Monday. Sanderson explains what brought the mill to this point–to reopen its doors.
The economy is turning around somewhat to where they see a bright future here at Georgetown for the quality of product that we produce.
As for the employees–
We will only have 187 from approximately 250, so we did have a reduction in force. However, we will have to hire new people for the people who had retired.
The ArcelorMittal Steel Mill will reopen Monday, January 24 after an 18-month hiatus.