ArcelorMittal will bring 165 people back to work next week, but it will still be more than a month before the Cleveland steel plant's blast furnace fires up and starts melting metal again.
Plant manager Terry Fedor said Wednesday that the company is still negotiating with the United Steelworkers of America Local 979 to figure out how many workers it needs to bring back. In May, the company put 912 workers on layoff as steel orders plunged 45 percent worldwide.
Last week, the company said it would restart production because global markets are showing signs of improvement, but it did not expect production to quickly return to 2008's levels. A small number of maintenance workers had stayed on the job at the idled plant. Fedor did not have a total number of people who would be back to work by next week.
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