About 200 workers from a Georgetown steel mill are returning to work today after an 18-month hiatus. James Sanderson is President of the United Steelworkers Union and says the ArcelorMittal Steel Mill closed in July of 2009 after the economic crisis hit hard. But, he says today is a new day–
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.
With production starting back at the wire rod-making mill, Sanderson says they will hire about 187 workers to start, most of them returning workers. Sanderson says the reopening is a great sign for the state.
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.
But, Sanderson says from here on, he sees a bright future for the mill.