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forklift driver

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Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« on: January 22, 2021, 10:08:09 AM »
Well it looks like the Steel Mill is either being sold off or the equipment inside is being sold off. A group of people were in the mill giving the equipment a close look and talking about what it was worth. Anyone know who they are or what is going on? Oh, and I wonder how the current owners will spend that $69000 they are getting back from the city?

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Re: Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2021, 12:04:39 PM »
It is time to start two related projects.  The first is to apply to EPA's Superfund for help cleaning up both the steel mill and Port Authority properties.  The second is to begin discussions between USC, Clemson and Coastal Carolina to build a campus for a joint school of environmental science on those properties.  All three universities already have a strong presence in Georgetown County (Clemson studying the estuary, USC's forestry program and Coastal's school of oceanography).  Combined, these three world class efforts would bring Georgetown (and South Carolina) into the forefront of the emerging economy of the 21st century that focuses on responsible stewardship of the earth and the preservation of a habitable environment.  The Yawkey Foundation might be interested in helping.  So might the locally based South Carolina Law Project.  And, by the way, so might Horry-Georgetown Tech.   Think about it -- what a beautiful campus on very valuable and scenic property right in the heart of town would do for this community.

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Re: Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2021, 07:00:23 PM »
Looks like the equipment is out of here? A couple of guys are now measuring and taking pictures of the equipment. Maybe those crack reporters around here can find out who the lucky buyers are?

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Re: Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2021, 02:50:22 PM »
You people are just wishful thinking. Mr. James Sanderson has secured a new buyer for the mill. You will hear about it soon. Ask Tupelo if the steel mill is going away. hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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Re: Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2021, 02:54:46 PM »
The only thing left is to find out where the rolling mill equipment will end up. That is the only equipment worth anything in the building. Wonder when the local press will do their job and report what they already know?

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Re: Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2021, 08:45:34 AM »
You people can dig up all the negative crap you want to. Fake newspaper articles about Liberty mean nothing. Mr. James Sanderson will bring the steel mill back again. Mr. James Sanderson is our leader and the only person we need to listen to. You steel mill haters will see how Mr. James Sanderson wins again.

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Re: Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2021, 04:30:48 PM »
Does anyone here know when the last steelworkers union meeting was held on Butts St? Its been over six months. Wonder why James is not holding meetings? Maybe because the members asked why his family still has a job and a paycheck while others are on food stamps?

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Re: Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2021, 12:49:48 PM »
I hope all you steel mill haters are paying attention. We will be making steel again soon! Oh happy day.

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Re: Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2021, 02:05:52 PM »
There are a bunch of cars parked in the lot next to the steel mill's offices.  What that means, I don't know.  But one thing is certain, given the city's zoning ordinance, any plan to reopen the mill is likely to become a hot issue in the upcoming municipal election.  Fasten you seat belts, candidates, you may be in for a rough ride.

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Re: Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2021, 12:48:54 PM »
The rumor mill on front street is the equipment is all sold and it should be leaving soon. Anybody have concrete information?

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Re: Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2021, 08:21:22 AM »
If they're liquidating assets, mill managers should contact the mayor and municipal administrator about the city buying the mill's office complex for use as a new city hall.  There are many beautiful trees on the property and it has more than adequate office space and parking.   Less expensive for taxpayers than building on the old site, and without the foundation problem  More square footage leaving room for growth.  Quick sale for property otherwise difficult to market for the mill. (Who else would want it?)  Win-win. 

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Re: Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2021, 04:04:36 PM »
The buyers have given up. They could not reach a deal to buy the mill or even the equipment because of the union. The union leader has screwed the working man memeber again. When will the union members realize they are being screwed by the SHAMDERSONS?

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Re: Who were the guys looking at the Steel Mill?
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2021, 01:56:28 PM »
If the buyers wanted to do a stock purchase so they could use existing equipment and DHEC permits, they would also be bound by existing union contracts.  If those were too costly to the potential buyers, they could try to renegotiate them by asking for concessions in wages and benefits.  Concessions by the union would be viewed as a "sell out of workers" by many, so union officials would be very hesitant to grant them, particularly when it comes to hot, hard and dangerous jobs in an antiquated steel mill in which the buyers are trying to avoid having to reinvest in updated equipment and comply with updated environmental rules regarding air and water quality.  So it goes. The buyers (who were looking to exploit an opportunity for quick profits, not long term survival) walk away.  That's the process called "good faith negotiations," a/k/a an organized system of insincerity and deceit.  So don't just blame just one side.  There's enough blame to go around.

More to the point, what does the future hold.  There is absolutely no question but that time has run out for use of at least half of the property for any heavy industrial purpose under the current zoning law.  The stretch from Wood to Dozier Streets/Front to the Sampit hasn't be used for any industrial purpose for years.  Liberty made that fact plain when it tore down all the towers and other heavy equipment there a few years ago.  As far as the rest of the place, it stopped producing steel in April of 2020.  Zoning laws regulate "uses."  When Liberty stopped "using" the mill to make steel, the clock started ticking under the existing zoning ordinance.  They're all out of time.

The reality of the situation is that the mill needs to be torn down and the site cleaned up.  The city needs to take its head out of the sand and petition the EPA for help with that under the Superfund program.   There's no avoiding that.  All it will take is a little bit of courage on the part of elected officials and a little bit of competence on the part of the city staff.  Is that asking too much?  Some one of you out there needs to ask the candidates about all this at the upcoming debate at Winyah Auditorium on October 3.  I'm too old and sick.  Besides, its your future and that of your children, not mine.  Good luck.  God bless.