Steel workers union says new deal could bring 300 jobs, $90K wages

(WPDE, file)

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WPDE) - If the Georgetown steel mill re-opens, some say it won't be tough to hire workers to staff it.

The local steel workers union has made a deal with the potential buyer of the former steel mill site.

At a meeting Wednesday, union leaders said the London-based buyer has agreed to pay an average of $90,000 in wages and benefits to employees.

They said once the mill hits full production, more than 300 jobs will be created in the area.

"It's going to boost the Georgetown economy tremendously. A lot of things that have been scaled back - now they'll be able to see the benefits of having these jobs here, pumping money more into the economy," said James Sanderson with United Steelworkers.

Some city leaders want to re-zone the land for an entertainment area. That could happen at the city council's Aug. 17 meeting.

If the mill is bought and re-opened, union officials say production could begin by the holidays.

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