CALVERT, Ala. (AP) - ThyssenKrupp's carbon steel unit being built in north Mobile County has hired the first of its hourly maintenance employees and is preparing to hire about 1,000 hourly workers over the next 18 months.
Human Resources vice president Andy Ritter says it's been a long process, but the firm is set to begin hiring. The carbon steel unit is one of two businesses planned at the German steelmaker's $4.65 billion complex in Alabama.
ThyssenKrupp says it eventually expects to employ 2,700 people at the site.
The carbon unit will process raw slabs of carbon steel shipped from a new Brazilian mill. The smaller stainless unit will process stainless steel and eventually make new stainless from scrap metal.
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