U.S. Steel Granite City Works

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U.S. Steel Granite City Works, also known as U.S. Steel Granite City, is a 2700-2800 TTPA integrated steel plant in Granite City, Illinois, United States.[1] U.S. Steel Granite City Works operates a blast furnace (BF) and basic oxygen furnace (BOF).


The map below shows the location of the steel plant in Granite City, Illinois, United States.

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The U.S. Steel Granite City Works plant began operations in 1895 under the name Granite City Steel. By 1905, the facility employed 2,000 people and was producing 20,000 short tons of products each year. Granite City Steel was bought by U.S. Steel in 1927, who has operated it since.[2]

From 2015 to 2018, the plant was idled due to falling prices, slowing demand and competition from abroad; this move caused the loss of 1,800 jobs.[3] It restarted in June 2018 after increasing demand, bringing back 800 jobs.[4][5]

In 2019, the facility went through another series of layoffs.[5]

Environmental Compliance

In 2014, Granite City, IL residents filed a $4.26 million lawsuit against SunCoke Energy, Inc. Gateway Energy & Coke Company, LLC (SunCoke) and U.S. Steel for air pollution in the area. The lawsuit was settled in 2018; it is unclear how much U.S. Steel had to pay.[6]

In 2016, the EPA fined U.S. Steel $2.2 million for pollution at several of its facilities, including Granite City.[7][8] The agreement with the EPA also mandated that U.S. Steel donate a new $275,000 street sweeper to the Granite City municipal government to reduce fugitive dust emissions, commit $50,000 towards building a greenway in a local park, and spend $110,000 on energy efficient doors for local schools.[9]

Plant Details

Articles and resources


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Granite City Works, U.S. Steel, Retrieved on: Aug. 18, 2020
  2. "History of Granite City Steel". Dakota Tin. 2021. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  3. LaFrentz, Rob (2015-03-26). "US Steel to Idle Granite City Plant, Layoffs for More than 2,000". Industry Week. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  4. "US Steel restarts Granite City furnace | Argus Media". www.argusmedia.com. 2018-06-20. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mansouri, Kavahn (2019-11-11). "U.S. Steel lays off non-union workers in Granite City due to 'challenging market'". BND. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  6. "$4.26 Million Class Action Settlement Finalized for Residents Harmed by Steel Mill and Coke Plant Emissions in Granite City". Simmons Hanly Conroy. 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  7. Matheny, Keith (2016-11-23). "U.S. Steel fined $2.2M, required to make repairs for Midwest pollution". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  8. "U. S. Steel Corporation Agrees to End Litigation, Improve Environmental Compliance at Its Three Midwest Facilities, Pay Civil Penalty of $2.2 Million and Perform Projects to Aid Communities Affected by U. S. Steel's Pollution". Department of Justice. 2016-11-22. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  9. Heeb, Alex (2016-11-27). "U.S. Steel settles Granite City pollution lawsuit". Alton Telegraph. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  10. 2021 AIST Basic Oxygen Furnace Roundup, Association for Iron & Steel Technology, Jan. 2021
  11. AIST (2017). "2017 AIST Blast Furnace Roundup" (PDF). AIST. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  12. 12.0 12.1 2021 AIST Blast Furnace Roundup, Association for Iron & Steel Technology, Jan. 2021
  13. "Granite City Workforce & Employment". https://www.granitecity.illinois.gov/. Retrieved 2021-11-02. External link in |website= (help)
  14. "ISO 14001 Certification". US Steel. 2021. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  15. "Sustainability-Certifications - www.ussteel.com". www.ussteel.com. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  16. 2020 AIST Basic Oxygen Furnace Roundup, Association for Iron & Steel Technology, Jan. 2020

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