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Calvert City steel plant to idle, unclear how employees are impacted

The company plans to idle the Calvert City plant by the end of November. (Source: Jasmine Dell, KFVS) The company plans to idle the Calvert City plant by the end of November. (Source: Jasmine Dell, KFVS)
(Source: Jasmine Dell, KFVS) (Source: Jasmine Dell, KFVS)
(Source: Jasmine Dell, KFVS) (Source: Jasmine Dell, KFVS)
(Source: Jasmine Dell, KFVS) (Source: Jasmine Dell, KFVS)
(Source: Jasmine Dell, KFVS) (Source: Jasmine Dell, KFVS)
CALVERT CITY, KY (KFVS) -

Steel company Gerdau plans to idle its Calvert City facility.

According to company spokesperson Kimberly Selph, the company hopes to idle the plant by the end of November.

The Gerdau Ameristeel plant employs 130 people in Calvert City.

Selph said employees were told about the plan to idle the plant in a face-to-face meetings this morning.

According to a statement from the company, "the industry continues to suffer significant losses due to a global overcapacity of steel, which has led to depressed prices and intense competition between producers."

The mill in Calvert City is particularly challenging because it does not have a melt shop, according to the company.

When asked if employees will be laid off, Selph said representatives will be meeting with the United Steelworkers Union over the next few weeks and hope to know more when the meetings conclude.

Right now, employees are continuing to work.

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