NWI Times reported that US Steel plans to lay off 244 workers at its Gary Works steel mill when it indefinitely idles its tin mill operations, although it will relocate the workers it can to other jobs at the mill. US Steel Labor and Employee Relations Senior Director Mr James Van Buren in a Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, notice to the Indiana Department of Labor, wrote “The majority of the tin operations will be idled. These actions are due to market conditions which were out of the Company’s control, including the continuing reduced demand for the Company’s tin products and significantly increased tin mill imports.” Layoffs at the steel mill will take place on 26 February 2023 and may continue periodically while the underlying market conditions last. The layoffs will affect 125 utility technicians, 51 utility people, 65 operating technicians and three senior operating technicians. US Steel’s spokeswoman Ms Amanda Malkowski said “Due to surging tin mill imports to the United States, which are up 30% year to date, US Steel gave Gary Works tin employees advance notice that layoffs would commence in 60 days. Advance notice was given in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act to provide workers with sufficient time to prepare for the transition. In addition, US Steel is working closely with the United Steelworkers on identifying available placement opportunities for impacted employees in open jobs across the company.” US Steel has been cutting back on its tin-making operations for years. It idled the East Chicago Tin finishing plant indefinitely in 2019. US Steel has already idled the No 5 tin line at Gary Works, its flagship steel mill stretching along seven miles of Lake Michigan lakefront. Tin is used in cans for soup, fruit, vegetables, beans, chili and other foods. The demand for canned food has been shrinking as many consumers gravitate more toward fresh foods in supermarkets, and food manufacturers have adopted other forms of packaging, such as cartons or plastic containers for soup.