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U.S. Steel Announces Major Investment at Gary Works

Written by Sandy Williams

U.S. Steel announced on Thursday that it will invest a minimum of $750 million for asset revitalization at its Gary Works facility in Indiana.

“We are pleased to be making this significant investment at Gary Works, which will improve the facility’s environmental performance, bolster our competitiveness and benefit the local community for years to come,” said President and CEO David Burritt. “Through the skill and determination of our employees, support from the state and city, without which this project would not be possible, and favorable trade policies with the strong Section 232 national security action on steel imports, we are experiencing a renaissance at U.S. Steel.”

U.S. Steel will spend the $750 million at Gary Works over the next five years for building expansion and improvements. The company plans to install new production equipment, machinery and technology at the integrated steelworks.

State and local governments are teaming up to offer incentives to U.S. Steel to continue to grow in Indiana.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will offer U.S. Steel up to $10 million in conditional tax credits over a 10-year period based on a commitment by the steel producer to retain 3,864 jobs. IEDC will also offer up to $2 million in Skills Enhancement Fund training grants for workforce development and training for Gary Works employees.

The city of Gary will offer tax increment financing, valued at approximately $35 million over 25 years, to U.S. Steel in return for an agreement to share the benefit of the company’s investment with the city, Gary Community School Corp. and Gary Public Library. Subject to Gary Common Council’s approval, the incentive will generate immediate tax revenue for the city and create a fund to further economic growth.

The Gary facility has been in operation since 1908 and is the company’s largest production plant and the largest integrated steel mill in North America. The plant has four blast furnaces and an annual raw steelmaking capability of 7.5 million tons. The mill produces steel sheet, strip mill plate in coils and tin products.

Earlier this year, U.S. Steel credited improved demand, pricing and President Trump’s trade policies as drivers for its decision to restart two blast furnaces at Granite City Works in Illinois.

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