Arcelor Mittal Plant Closure Protest in Hennepin, Illinois (USA)

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Denetta Reddick, 38, hands out a flyer to a passing trucker as Richard Erwin, 37, looks on as part of the informational picket outside the main gate of the Arcelor Mittal plant, which closed after several rounds of layoffs in between March 1-20, 2009, in Hennepin, Illinois on July 20, 2009.  The plant, owned by the largest steel company in the world, Mittal, and previously employed 280 hourly workers and an unknown salaried employees; an informational picket set up at both the main and west gates to the plant has claimed one major success, the refusal of a company to strip the plant and send the machinery offshore; both Erwin and Reddick worked at the plant for 7.5 months.