IPSCO, Exelon saved

Pix Along The WayU.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack was on hand in 2017 at TMK IPSCO’s Camanche plant restart event.

CLINTON — TMK IPSCO and the Exelon Quad Cities Nuclear Plant in Cordova, Illinois, have added jobs over the past year.

IPSCO announced in August 2015 the last 43 employees at the plant would be laid off because of a decrease in oil and natural gas drilling. Almost two years later, it was announced in May 2017 that 50 jobs were coming back to the Camanche plant.

Those numbers were revised in July to 85 jobs due to increased demand. IPSCO saw an increased demand for tubular goods, used for the production and transmission of oil and natural gas, line pipe, plumbing pipe and building and construction products. Production at the IPSCO Camanche plant ramped up in July.

The Exelon Quad Cities Generating Station saw a last-second deal between Exelon and the state of Illinois. The deal prevented the local Exelon plant from closing. The deal was sealed when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the Future Energy Jobs bill that included provisions to subsidize nuclear energy.