Hamilton, ON – At last night’s Council meeting, Ward 3 Councillor Matthew Green introduced a motion to save Hamilton Specialty Bar. The motion passed unanimously.
“We have seen what happens when our steel industry is gutted, and our jobs are pilfered. Our steel industry built this City. These workers and pensioners are our neighbours, our friends, and our family. Now, 250 jobs are threatened. As these workers go home to their families this holiday season, as they gather around the dinner table, we must come together to do what we can to protect their jobs. We must give them hope,” says Councillor Green.
Councillor Green’s motion asks that the City’s senior staff explore any and all opportunities to keep Hamilton Specialty Bar a “Going Concern” with the continued production of specialty steel. The motion also calls on the Ontario Government for assistance.
Hamilton Specialty Bar has produced high quality steel for over 100 years, a liquidation bidder has taken over the plant this week and threatens to shutter production, threatening jobs, pensioners, and our community.
CITY OF HAMILTON
Council: March 28th, 2018
MOVED BY COUNCILLOR M. GREEN ………………………………………..
SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR D. Conley ………………………………………
Hamilton Specialty Steel Bar
WHEREAS, the City of Hamilton has a long and very proud history of producing the steel that built this country’s manufacturing sector with good jobs and the growth of related supporting businesses,
AND WHEREAS, in recent years our Steel sector has suffered loses of direct jobs, pensions, benefits as well as the impacts on the local small businesses associated to these plants, as a result of bankruptcies most notably with MANA and US Steel/Stelco.
WHEREAS, Hamilton Specialty Bar has produced high quality steel for over 100 years supporting the automotive industry with 3 generations of workers dating back 1910 and at present has the capacity to employ 250 workers when in full production,
AND WHEREAS, the extended deadline to save Hamilton Specialty Bar with an approved bidder has officially passed and the liquidation bidder American Iron & Metals has taken over the plant this week.
WHEREAS, the interested bidder KAL Advisory Partners LLC and the United Steel Workers are still working diligently to keep the viability of steel production and operations at the Hamilton Specialty Bar plant a “Going Concern”.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
- That the City Manger Chris Murray, the General Manager of Planning and Economic Development Jason Thorne, and the General Manager of Corporate Services Mike Zegarac be directed to meet the interested parties as appropriate, to explore any and all opportunities for City supports to keep Hamilton Specialty Bar a “Going Concern” with the continued production of speciality steel, the 250 related jobs and workers.
- That the Mayor on behalf of Council correspond with the Premier the Hon. Kathleen Wynne and the Minister of Economic Development and Growth the Hon. Steven Del Duca to explore any and all avenues of emergency support for the continued production at Hamilton Specialty Bar, the 250 related jobs and workers.