U.S. steel mills have had a long-standing reputation of being unionized, grim manufacturing plants polluting the skyline of the blight-filled Rust Belt. Lowndes County’s Severstal does not seem to fit the stereotypical steel mill mold, however.
With a workforce of almost 700 employees and hundreds of contract workers, the vibe among its executives and employees is anything but morose. But the increasing rise of cheaply made imported steel does have some employees concerned.
During a Thursday guided tour of the facility, U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Tupelo) heard firsthand the concerns of some of the employees at Severstal.