USW still hopeful on fate of ArcelorMittal Ill. plant

Dec 10, 2008 | 12:47 PM | Scott Robertson

While difficult economic conditions are taking a toll on the steel industry, plagued by plant shutdowns, some are holding out hope that some can be saved.

The latest shutdown came Tuesday with Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA Inc.'s announcement that it intends to permanently shut both its Hennepin, Ill., and Lackawanna, N.Y., steel finishing operations, citing the economic conditions and the inability of the two plants to be competitive in the U.S. market (AMM, Dec. 10).

But Dave York, president of United Steelworkers union Local 7367, is hopeful the Hennepin operations can be saved in some form, although he acknowledges the outlook is bleak.....

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