Steel workers return to work after a two-year idle at U.S. Steel Granite City Works in Granite City, Illinois, U.S., May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
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After U.S. President Donald Trump was elected in 2016 on a pledge to "Make America Great Again" and revive the country's old industrial heartland, Dave Chrusciel hoped someday to return to his previous job at the steel mill here in this southern corner of Illinois.Trump imposed the tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum in March.Bill Hickey, chairman of Chicago-based Lapham-Hickey Steel, which has half a dozen U.S. steel processing plants, said he wants to help U.S. steelmakers, but is concerned rising prices will push manufacturers to duck tariffs by purchasing steel parts overseas.U.S. Steel shares surged earlier this year but are now up just 1.6 percent in the year to date.COMPANY TOWNTariffs created Granite City.Across the Mississippi from St Louis, Granite City sits in Madison County, which voted for Trump by a 15-point margin.ARE AT RISKElsewhere, steel and aluminum price volatility following Trump's tariff actions puts jobs at risk, company executives said.Like many other companies, NLMK's U.S. unit has applied for an exemption from the tariffs so it can import Russian steel slabs.For Granite City steelworker Dave Chrusciel, Trump's commitment to steel tariffs is crucial.
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