In response to the announcement by U.S. Steel of potential plans for the Granite City Works facility in Granite City, Illinois, Greater St. Louis, Inc. CEO Jason Hall issued the following statement:

“I’m a native of Granite City. Three generations of my family, including my father, have worked at the Mill. This announcement by U.S. Steel is personal for me, just as it is personal for all the current and former employees and their families, for the residents of Madison County, and for our entire metro.

“These are highly skilled jobs that are critical to the region, and we will do everything in our ability to keep them. Our team regularly works with both public- and private-sector leaders in Madison County and throughout Southwestern Illinois, and we are reaching out to those leaders to offer our full support.

“This situation also highlights how critical manufacturing and our growing advanced manufacturing sectors are to the St. Louis metro. Keeping the manufacturing jobs we have and adding more strength in advanced manufacturing is critical to the future of our regional economy and is a core part of our efforts to grow our region’s job base.”