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GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A spokesman for United States Rep. Mike Bost said the U.S. Steel Plant in Granite City will remain open.

In March, it was announced that operations at the plant would “temporarily idle” by late May. More than 2,000 employees were scheduled to be laid off as a result of the idling.

Thursday morning, the spokesman said the plant would remain open. He said there will be 80 people laid off and one blast furnace will be kept in operation.

“I couldn't be happier that the vast majority of steelworkers at Granite City Works will remain on the job and able to provide for their family,” said Rep. Bost in a statement. “These hardworking Southern Illinoisans now have more certainty about their future, but that doesn't mean the fight for our plant is over...That's why we've introduced legislation that will help ensure companies have more effective and timely tools to combat illegal foreign trade practices. No American should lose their job because other countries violate the rules.”

John Hopson, who has worked at the plant for 38 years, said he's pleased with the news even though the layoffs are tough.

"Better than 2,000 and the plant closing," he said. "I was here in [2009] when the plant shut down for six to seven months...not a good time for a lot of people."

According to Rep. Bost's office, the decision to keep the plant open was made by U.S. Steel.

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