U.S. Steel says that it is closing a mill near Detroit, Michigan, and will lay off over 1,500 workers as a result, The Hill reports.
U.S. Steel Corporation made the announcement just months after the company had announced it would be laying off 200 workers at the same mill.
U.S. Steel says that they expect to end the mill’s iron and steelmaking operations by April 1st, with another part of the mill closing by the end of 2020.
Steel production is expected to shift to a plant in Gary, Indiana, where the company has invested $750 million after being given several tax breaks from the city and state.
“We are conscious of the impact this decision will have on our employees, their families, and the local community, and we are announcing it now to provide them with as much time as possible to prepare for this transition,” CEO David Burritt said in a press release.
“These decisions are never easy, nor are they taken lightly. However, we must responsibly manage our resources while also strengthening our company’s long-term future – a future many stakeholders depend on.”
“We will be taking steps in the weeks and months ahead to assist impacted employees by providing additional education about benefits available through our company, as well as community resources.”