Pittsburgh — US Steel on Thursday issued WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notices to some employees at its Great Lakes Works in Michigan as a result of the company's previously announced operational adjustments at the mill, a company spokeswoman said.
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In June, US Steel announced the B2 blast furnace at the Great Lakes Works would remain idle after a planned maintenance outage to "better align ... global production" with the company's order book. At the time, US Steel said it would also be temporarily idling a blast furnace at its Gary Works in Indiana, as well as a blast furnace in Europe, until markets rebound.
The layoff notices were sent to less than 200 employees and will begin taking effect August 4, according to US Steel spokeswoman Meghan Cox.
"As we indicated in communications issued June 18, we have made operational adjustments to our global blast furnace footprint to align with current market conditions," Cox said. "As a result, we have issued [WARN] notices in the event of possible future layoffs as a result of our reduced production levels at Great Lakes Works. We are taking this step to inform employees and relevant stakeholders of possible future impacts."
With the production cuts announced in June, US Steel said it expected to decrease monthly BF production capacity by about 200,000-225,000 short tons beginning in July.
Great Lakes Works has annual raw steel making capability of approximately 3.8 million st, according to the company's website.
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