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Hope high for steel mill re-start

Oct 1, 2010 7:23:00 AM - thestate.com
GEORGETOWN - After sitting idle for more than a year, the ArcelorMittal steel mill is expected to reopen in the next few months, providing a welcome economic boost in a county where the jobless rate is higher than the state or national average.

"The decision has been made to re-open the plant here in Georgetown,"said James Sanderson, president of the local steel workers union, said Thursday. He made the announcement to a group of union members and officials from the city of Georgetown and Georgetown County.

Sanderson said he did not have a lot of details on timing or how many workers might be rehired, but he got word on Wednesday that the mill would be opening again soon.

"And I hope you all have a new definition of the word 'soon'," he said laughing, making light of the fact that he has had to tell the workers that the mill will be re-opening "soon" since the mill closed in June 2009.

A spokeswoman for ArcelorMittal said Wednesday the company is "currently evaluating market conditions to determine a timeline for the restart of our Georgetown facility," and will provide updates as they become available.