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U.S. Steel to restart Keetac operations, bring back workers

KEEWATIN, MN -- Hundreds of workers at Keewatin Taconite will soon be headed back to work after months of being laid off.

According to Dan Pierce, United Steelworkers union president for Keetac, the company said it plans to begin recalling union members back to the job as soon as Thursday night.

In a press release, U.S. Steel officials said they are encouraged by the increase in demand and believe restarting this operation will help better support its customers.

Officials said they anticipate filling around 400 positions as part of the restart and will work with the United Steelworkers union to bring employees back to work.

Keetac originally shutdown in May due to impacts on demand amid the pandemic.

About 375 employees have been laid off while the mine sits idle.

Governor Walz applauds Keetac opening in below statement:

“This is a good day for the Iron Range and for an industry that’s a pillar of Minnesota’s economy,” said Governor Walz. “The decision to re-open Keetac will restore hundreds of good-paying union jobs for Minnesotans in the Northland. I’m excited to see Minnesotans get back to work.”

Kristen Vake

Anchor, Reporter

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