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Friday is last day for most workers at Georgetown steel mill, union rep says

The Georgetown steel mill, usually bustling with activity, was quiet on Friday. The Georgetown steel mill, usually bustling with activity, was quiet on Friday.

GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) – While ArcelorMittal says their Georgetown facility will be closing on August 13, the facility, which is usually very loud and busy with activity, was quiet Friday.

A union rep, who refused to identify himself, said Friday is the last day for most of the workers, but not all.

The steel mill employed 226 workers in Georgetown, and first announced their shutdown in May of this year.

We reached out to ArcelorMittal for comment regarding today’s lack of activity, but have not received a response.

Earlier this week, ArcelorMittal provided the following statements regarding the mill’s closure:

ArcelorMittal has notified the United Steelworkers of our plans to permanently close our Georgetown, S.C. wire rod facility effective August 13, 2015. Rolling mill operations were completed earlier this month, and we anticipate final shipment of finished product this week.

Impacted employees can apply for employment at other ArcelorMittal USA facilities covered by the Basic Labor Agreement and will be given preference over new hires.

The decision to close ArcelorMittal Georgetown is purely an economic business decision caused by surging imports, increasing competition within key domestic markets, and Georgetown-specific issues such as input costs and transportation costs.

The company remains open to considering credible interest from potential buyers.

The plant was the company's main producer of wire rod in the United States, and the company said it could no longer compete with foreign steel wire imports that it says are being unfairly traded domestically. The company said imported wire rod now makes up a third of the domestic market.

The Georgetown plant was closed in 2009 during the Great Recession. It was brought back online two years later under a revised labor agreement.

ArcelorMittal is based in Luxembourg and has 220,000 employees in 60 countries.

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