Today the steel industry enjoyed a major turnaround as the furnace at the Liberty Steel plant in Rotherham was restarted. This follows major investment by Liberty Steel at this site after the company took over the plant where the furnace had been mothballed by the former owners Tata Steel. The revival of the furnace marks an exciting point for the future of the steel industry in the UK and represents the strength of steel-making here in Rotherham.
Cllr Chris Read, Labour Leader of Rotherham Council, has said: “This is really positive news that builds on the current steel production in Rotherham and we look forward to seeing the new operation expand. Rotherham has a proud history of steel manufacturing, and with a committed and highly skilled local workforce we hope that the current investment secures that legacy for the future.”
The restarting of the ‘N-Furnace’ at the Liberty Steel plant in Rotherham comes on the backdrop of a major £20m investment plan by the company. Liberty’s plan is creating 300 jobs both at the Rotherham plant and the Stocksbridge site as well. This is furnace is capable of producing over 800,000 tonnes of steel a year and will help to massively increase the capacity of steel-making in Rotherham.
Cllr Stuart Sansome, Labour councillor in Swinton ward, has also said: “As a retired steelworker who worked at this site for 40 years, it is a great moment for the future of steel production in Rotherham and for the steelworkers and their families who have sacrificed so much to keep steel making alive.”
The revival of the furnace at Liberty Steel follows the news earlier this year that Rotherham is the fastest growing economy in Yorkshire and the 8th fastest in the UK. Today’s restarting of the furnace is a great moment for the steel industry in the UK. It is also a fantastic moment in Rotherham’s industrial base, for the future of steel production in this proud steel town and for jobs and the local economy as well.