Ritenauer said he hopes market conditions improve and the layoffs will be shorter than expected. He added he believes U.S. Steel remains committed to making Lorain a hub of its steel production.
The most troubling effects will be for steelworkers, their families and the local economy in and around Lorain, Ritenauer said.
“It’s upsetting to the families, it’s upsetting to the employees, it’s upsetting to what U.S. Steel is trying to do,” Ritenauer said.
United States Steel employees do good work and the company is a good corporate citizen to have in Lorain, the mayor said. “But they’re at the mercy of the global economy,” he said.
“We don’t have any control over this,” Ritenauer said. “This is way above Lorain, Ohio. This is way above U.S. Steel corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh.”
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