Georgetown steel mill to reopen

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) - A steel mill in Georgetown will soon be back in production after an 18-month hiatus.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports Monday that ArcelorMittal Steel Mill will resume a production schedule next week. The mill ran small test run batches last week.

Officials expect the mill to make nearly 264,000 tons of wire rod annually.

Workers are optimistic that the mill will remain open. When it closed in July 2009 due to a lack of orders, the mill employed 250 people.

United Steelworkers Union President James Sanderson says the mill is filling 187 jobs. He says about 35 people retired and a few decided not to return to the mill.

Georgetown County's unemployment rate was 11.7 percent in November.

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