U.S. Steel has added to its facility closures, idling Keetac mining operations due to declining demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After further study of current demand, we must make additional adjustments to our raw materials production and indefinitely idle our Keetac facility to respond to the sudden and dramatic decline in business conditions resulting from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic,” said Communications Manager Meghan Cox.
The idling of the Minnesota Keetac facility in the near term is expected to result in the layoff of 75 employees with three years of service or less. Over the next month, temporary layoffs are expected to affect a total of 375 represented and non-represented employees. The plant is expected to shut down by the end of May.
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