Dan Simmons believes President Donald Trump’s plan to slap hefty tariffs on steel imports could save his plant.

The U.S. Steel mill in Granite City, Illinois, shuttered in 2015 — a move the company called ” temporary ” at the time and blamed on foreign competition. But the blast furnace that once employed about 1,800 people is still cold.

If Trump’s tariff takes hold, however …

“I expect to get the call to start this plant up immediately,” said Simmons, who worked there for nearly 40 years and heads the United Steelworkers Local 1899.

He felt optimistic last week after Trump announced a plan to impose tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel (and 10 per cent on aluminum).

Some of his union comrades in Canada, however, condemned the proposal.

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