Steel Mill Reopens, God Bless President Trump — This is for all the Trump haters. It’s certainly not something you will likely hear via your local media.
If there’s a city that encompasses the repercussions of the steel downturn, it’s Lorain.
The city is home to two large steel plants, one of which is currently shut down. The other is only running one of its three mills, according to the union. Both have left hundreds without jobs and will contribute to a likely budget shortfall for the city.
The issues plaguing the plants aren’t unique. The steel industry has been facing oversupply globally; domestically, producers have also been struggling with a strong dollar and low oil prices driving down demand for drilling-related products.
“It’s going to be a rough couple years,” said Brian Sealy, staff representative for the United Steelworkers.
Sealy, who worked in the Lorain plants for about 20 years before joining the USW staff, said he hasn’t seen a downturn like this since at least 2009, when the entire economy took a dive. Even then, both mills “limped along” instead of shutting down, he said.
Canton-based Republic Steel shut its Lorain plant at the end of March and is just keeping security and a few people on site to protect its assets.
Now the first few graphs from a story carried by WKYC.com Thursday. (March 8, 2018)
In response to President Trump signing proclamations Thursday imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Republic Steel has announced plans to restart its Lorain facility.
The move would bring back more than 1,000 jobs to the Lorain plant, which will be positioned to restart its idled electric arc furnace, casters, and rolling mills on short notice.
Republic currently has open capacity at its Canton melt shop. Restarting the Lorain facility would provide more than a million tons of new production capacity. The company anticipates that it would take a few months to hire and train employees and restart its idled equipment.
God bless President Trump. MAGA.