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Hamilton speaks out on U.S. Steel1:29

People in Hamilton have their say on U.S. Steels decision to shut down their blast furnace officially ending an era of steel production in the city.

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Chamber CEO on US Steel closure1:50

Hamilton Chamber CEO Keanin Loomis weighs in on US Steel shutting down steel and iron making operation in Hamilton.

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Rolf Gerstenberger - United Steelworkers Local 10050:48

Rolf Gerstenberger - United Steelworkers Local 1005

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Live chat about US Steel with Mayor Bratina27:01

U.S. Steel will permanently close its idle iron and steel-making operations in Hamilton by the end of the year, but coke production at the plant will continue, officials say.

Live chat about US Steel with Mayor Bratina 27:01

Nothing has changed, but much has changed. 

Yesterday's announcement by U.S. Steel that it was permanently closing down iron and steel making at its Hamilton operations means only that areas of the plant that have been idle for three years will not restart.

But it also has larger symbolic meaning. It means that a century of steel making at that location — primarily through Stelco and its earlier iterations — has come to an end. Many in Hamilton are looking not to the past, but the future, and how the city moves forward.

Here are a collection of comments and reflections on the end of steel making and what the future holds for Hamilton. They include Hamilton residents at the Centre Mall, chamber of commerce CEO Keanin Loomis, Rolf Gerstenberger from United Steelworkers local 1005 and Mayor Bob Bratina. 

MPs Chris Charlton and David Christopherson also brought up the issue during question period in Ottawa.