Council welcomes steelworks reopening

The re-opening of Dalzell steelworks in Motherwell has been welcomed by North Lanarkshire Council.

Liberty steel officially reopened the UK’s largest steel plate mill on Wednesday 28 September following its closure by Tata in December 2015.

Since announcing the decision to take over the plant earlier this year, Liberty has been rebuilding the workforce and preparing the vast mill to recommence production.

The company has recruited 120 staff for the Dalzell site, including some former employees.

Paul Kelly, Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council and local Motherwell councillor said: “This is an historic day for North Lanarkshire, with the re-opening of the Dalzell steelworks.

“We’re very grateful to the partnership work of the council, Liberty Steel and the Scottish Government in making sure we kept the steel industry here in North Lanarkshire.

“Local people have campaigned long and hard to retain our steel making heritage and I’m delighted for them and the workers.

“The steel industry has been at the heart of this community for over 140 years, it’s dominated the skyline and it’s an integral part of what we’re about as a local community.

“So the feeling really is one of optimism as we look to the future and how we can make sure this works out and creates employment opportunities.”

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