I wondered when someone would bring this up. The boomer wave should be retiring in the next while, opening up new job opportunities for younger people to work in the steel industry.
On the other hand, if too many retire all at once, there will be a need for some to stay, or else the critical information about how the processes work will not be passed on from one generation to the next.
Retirements are looming at the steel plants along the Lake Michigan shoreline as the baby boomers hired in their late adolescence and early adulthood when the industry was booming begin to qualify for pensions. It’s estimated that more than half of the region’s hourly and salaried steel industry workers will be eligible for retirement by 2012, creating plentiful job openings in the coming years.