Granite City, IL – Amsted Rail has laid off about 110 steelworkers for lack of orders for the steel castings it makes for the rail industry, and more layoffs and furloughs are coming.
Antonio Wellmaker, president of United Steelworkers Local 1063, said about 400 workers from his local remain on the job. Members of the Electricians and Machinists unions also work at the plant.
Wellmaker said the company says about 50 more workers will be laid off in February and the plant will shut down every Friday in February and March, and shut down for one week during each of those months.
While workers here deal with layoffs, Wellmaker said, an Amsted castings plant in Mexico is apparently is running at full capacity.
Wellmaker said the union has not been given a return date for the workers. Amsted Rail has used four-day weeks and weeklong monthly shutdowns in the past to deal with reduced orders, he said.
“We can just wait and hope,” he said. ”We don’t control the orders they’re bringing to the plant.”