February 7, 2016

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Lorain officials blast national trade policy as cause of Republic idling

Bruce Bishop took this photo from a drone piloted by Matt Mishak of Dronewerx of the Republic Steel mill in Lorain. The plant will be idled indefinitely in March.

Local elected officials took shots Monday at Republic Steel’s decision last week to idle its facility in Lorain indefinitely. “Republic’s news of its temporary idling due to energy market conditions and steel dumping is yet another recent example of how what we do in Lorain is tied to international economics and policy that are outside Read More…

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Republic Steel to idle Lorain plant

Bruce Bishop took this photo from a drone piloted by Matt Mishak of Dronewerx of the Republic Steel mill in Lorain. The plant will be idled indefinitely in March.

View a timeline of events for Republic Steel HERE. LORAIN — Republic Steel will indefinitely idle its Lorain plant by the end of March, the company announced Thursday. The Canton-based company plans to stagger what it described as roughly 200 layoffs over the next few months and will continue to employ about 900 workers at Read More…

Republic to idle Lorain plant indefinitely in March

Bruce Bishop took this photo from a drone piloted by Matt Mishak of Dronewerx of the Republic Steel mill in Lorain. The plant will be idled indefinitely in March.

LORAIN – Republic Steel will idle its Lorain plant for an indefinite period of time starting in March. United Steelworkers Local 1104 President Dennis Hamilton said union officials learned of the plans at a meeting with management earlier today. “For an indefinite amount of time they’re going to have everybody out of the plant,” he Read More…

Controversies, tragedies and triumphs: Chronicle staff picks top 10 stories of 2015

James Burge smiles broadly as he thanks supporters and tells them that he's been delivered from hell following his sentencing on corruption charges Thursday, May 14, 2015. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Lorain County in 2015 saw its share of controversies, tragedies and triumphs. But 10 stories stood out from the rest as the most important of the year, making a definitive mark on the history of the county. These are those stories as voted on by the editorial staff of The Chronicle-Telegram, with links going to Read More…

6. Steel industry downturn affects Lorain

Downturns in the steel industry resulted in hundreds of layoffs at U.S. Steel and Republic Steel and large budget woes for the city of Lorain. The downturn was caused by a large infusion of oil and natural gas on the open market that has driven down demand for tubular steel used in drilling and fracking Read More…

Lorain facing deficits

LORAIN — The city of Lorain is facing a $2.4 million budget deficit next year that city officials say is almost entirely the result of a slump in the steel industry. This year, the city had an operating budget of about $33 million, but Auditor Ron Mantini said that could drop to between $30 million Read More…

Lorain mayor says budget cuts ahead for 2016

LORAIN — Mayor Chase Ritenauer reiterated Monday that layoffs are coming in 2016, and no area of city government is off limits. City Council didn’t discuss the projected $2.3 million deficit Monday night during a Council meeting, but, after the meeting, Ritenauer said there is no way around layoffs. The city’s budget woes are partially Read More…

Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer talks challenges ahead after re-election

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LORAIN — Mayor Chase Ritenauer received an overwhelming re-election mandate Tuesday, but Ritenauer and Lorain face immense challenges in his second term. Lorain lost $1 million in tax revenue this year after steel plant layoffs. U.S. Steel, which laid off 614 workers in March, and Republic Steel, which has laid off about 325 workers in Read More…

Republic steelworkers remain in shock after layoff announcement

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LORAIN — In November 2011, Republic Steel officials invited Gov. John Kasich and local and federal leaders to the company’s mill at 1827 E. 28th St., to announce a major expansion. Republic was building an electric arc furnace, part of what the company later said was a $120 million investment in the mill that involved Read More…