Georgetown Steel mill set for work in first quarter

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - It looks like steel mill workers in Georgetown will soon return to work.

Union officials say the facility will once again be making steel during the first quarter of the year, with more than 200 full-time workers on the payroll.

The Myrtle Beach Sun News says the mill has been ramping up the last few months with about 30 salaried and 100 hourly employees at the plant.

The mill, which makes steel wire rod, shut down in July 2009. A drop in orders was the mill's reason for closing.

United Steel Workers Union local president James Sanderson more workers will be recalled as the operation develops. He says about 250 employees will work at the plant when full production resumes.

Maintenance workers first returned to the plant in October of last year to prepare the plant's equipment to start steel production again in 2011.

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