U.S. Steel will lay off 244 workers at its flagship plant in Indiana.
The job cuts are planned at its Gary Works steel mill, which indefinitely idled its tin operations there.
It will hit 125 utility technicians, 51 utility people, 65 operating technicians, and three senior operating technicians.
Some of the affected employees will be relocated to other positions within the mill.
The company said the layoffs will start from February 26 “and may continue periodically while the underlying market conditions last.”
Employee Relations Senior Director at U.S. Steel, James Van Buren said: “These actions are due to market conditions which were out of the Company’s control.
“It includes the continuing reduced demand for the Company’s tin products and significantly increased tin mill imports.”
U.S. Steel has been curtailing its tin-making operations for several years and has completely shut down the No. 5 tin line at Gary Works.
Spokeswoman Amanda Malkowski said: “Due to surging tin mill imports to the United States, which are up 30% year to date, U.S. Steel gave Gary Works tin employees advance notice that layoffs would commence in 60 days.
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“Advance notice was given in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act to provide workers with sufficient time to prepare for the transition.
“In addition, U.S. Steel is working closely with the United Steelworkers on identifying available placement opportunities for impacted employees in open jobs across the company.”
Source: NWI Times