Blast off: Restart of Redcar blast furnace

Published: 13th Apr 2012

Please note this is an archived Press Release

FORMER steelworker of 30 years and Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Cllr George Dunning is celebrating the announcement by SSI UK to re-light the Redcar blast furnace.

Steel bosses at SSI in Redcar made the announcement that the blast furnace will finally be re-lit this weekend with the first iron suitable for conversion into steel to be produced later next week.

Council Leader and campaigner for the return of steelmaking to the area, Cllr George Dunning said:

"This is fantastic news for Redcar, Teesside and the region as a whole.

I would like to take the opportunity to say a big thank-you to all those involved in the return of steelmaking to Redcar including the SSI team, the trade unions, former MP Ashok Kumar as well as the Regional Development Agency, One North East.

A special thank-you and tribute should also go to Geoff Waterfield who truly embodied the passion and determination for steel here in Teesside.

The faith shown in the areas world class workforce and steel-making tradition by SSI has to be congratulated and I have no doubt it will be rewarded.

The revival of the steel industry is something we as a Council have campaigned passionately for following the mothballing of the plant back in 2009.

And this latest announcement will provide a real boost for the local economy and our proud steel-making tradition."

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