U.S. Steel to close Granite City facility and layoff 176 workers

GRANITE CITY (AP) — U.S. Steel says it is closing its plant in southern Illinois and laying off 176 workers.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the Pittsburgh-based company met with Granite City workers Monday and said it would meet with their union in coming weeks.

Company spokeswoman Sarah Cassella says the Granite City steel mill’s two coke ovens are more than 30 years old. She says they are no longer efficient enough in the current market. The company anticipates the ovens will be closed by March 22.