President Trump To Visit Granite City Steel Plant To Tout Success Of Tariffs

Bernie Tafoya
July 24, 2018 - 11:47 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- People in Granite City were happy to find out this week that President Trump will be visiting them Thursday to tout one of the successes of the tariffs imposed on foreign-made steel. 

President Trump will be visiting the U.S. steel plant in Granite City, which is just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. The plant re-hired 800 people in recent months in anticipation of the tariffs slapped on steel made outside the United States. 

James Amos, Granite City’s economic development director, welcomed the tariffs.

"To have our plant up and fully operational and have the blast furnaces firing all day and night, it’s a very meaningful thing for our community," Amos said.

Amos said Granite City has been asking politicians to push for tariffs for some time and that President Trump came through for the people in the Granite City area. 

"We needed to see the unfair trade practices that were happening accounted for a tangible, meaningful way because it had truly hurt our American steel industry," he said.

Amos said Granite City fancies itself a mini-Pittsburgh.

He said that, besides the 800 new U.S. Steel jobs, other companies that do business with U.S. Steel also need new workers now.

"It has made a genuine difference in our community so, we’re celebrating and we’re happy about it," Amos said.

President Trump is not the first president in modern times to visit Granite City.  President Jimmy Carter campaigned there the day before he lost re-election to Ronald Reagan in 1980 and Senator John F. Kennedy campaigned there in 1960, about a month before he was elected president.