Many were not surprised yesterday when U.S. Steel announced it was closing down its Hamilton steel and iron works operarations permanently.
That doesn’t mean the information didn’t send shock waves through the city.
U.S. Steel purchased the historic Stelco back in 2007 when no one else would.
By 2008 the recession hit and everything changed.
The company has not produced steel in Hamilton for 3 years, hence no surprise; 47 non unionized employees are affected.
This does not affect U.S. Steel’s Hamilton coke oven, galvanizing line, the cold mill, or zinc-coating line operations.
Shock waves, because there was a time when news like this would have had a much greater impact on the city including mass layoffs and personal toll.
That damage was done years ago.
I certainly don’t mean to diminish of the jobs lost, one is one too many, but thankfully it’s not 1000’s.
What it also displays is how much Hamilton has diversified to survive and now thrive.
Yes it is sad news, but it is also further confirmation that although Hamilton produces steel, it’s no longer Steeltown.
I’m Scott Thompson.