June 25, 2016

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Steelworker sings about job loss, its effect on Lorain

LORAIN — The idling of the Republic Steel mill has hit many residents hard and one local musician is channeling that into song. Tim Blake, who worked for Republic until he was laid off in April, recently uploaded his song “Take Another Route” to YouTube, and he said he hopes to shine a light on Read More…

U.S. senate candidate Ted Strickland in Lorain today

U.S. senatorial candidate and former Ohio governor Ted Strickland will be meeting with steelworkers and local officials 10:45 a.m. at the United Steelworkers Local 1104, 2501 Broadway, Lorain, to discuss his proposals on trade deals. A news release from Strickland said bad trade policies have been blamed for the layoffs and idling at Republic Steel Read More…

State Fire Marshal says Republic Steel is ‘acting with due regard’

LORAIN — Republic Steel is following regulations when it comes to managing its idled facility, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The office went through the facility with members of the Lorain Fire Department on Wednesday after claims were made challenging the facility’s security and safety. “The facility is acting with due regard and Read More…

Republic says it’s following state guidelines in plant idling

LORAIN — Republic Steel is abiding by the Ohio EPA’s recommendations and policies during its temporary shutdown, the company said in a release Tuesday. “Prior to idling the plant, Republic contacted the Ohio EPA and met with its representatives to gain a full understanding of the company’s environmental responsibilities during the shutdown,” the release said. Read More…

Ohio EPA to tour Republic site to check for hazards

LORAIN — The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will be investigating the idled Republic steel mill to make sure regulations are being followed, Councilman Greg Argenti said at a Monday meeting of the City Council’s Police and Fire Committee. “I did contact the Ohio EPA,” Argenti, I-4th Ward, said. “I was told they will have an investigative Read More…

Union leader warns of safety hazards at idled Republic mill

LORAIN — Union officials told Lorain City Council on Monday that it doesn’t look like the situation at the idled Republic steel mill is getting better any time soon. Dennis Hamilton, president of United Steel Workers Local 1104, spoke before Council in order to share his concerns about the steel mill. “Republic has failed on Read More…

Steel expectations scrapped: After downtown in 2015, Lorain isn’t banking on industry this year

LORAIN — The Republic Steel mill shutdown threw quite a wrench into Lorain’s 2015 budget, and the city’s not making the same mistake this year. Looking at a $2.3 million deficit in the budget, City Council’s Finance and Claims Committee examined the expected revenue, specifically the money to be made off the mill’s scrap metal, Read More…

Lorain officials blast national trade policy as cause of Republic idling

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…

Republic Steel timeline

Republic Steel to idle Lorain plant

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…