Geneva Steel has put 37 employees it laid off six weeks ago back to work.

The workers, who are primarily involved in iron and steel production, filtered back to the plant over the past week. Geneva laid off 98 employees Feb. 7 due to poor market conditions. With the reduction in force, Geneva's employment fell from 2,800 to 2,700.The employment cutback was aimed at reducing production levels rather than saving sizable amounts of money, company officials said at the time.

Geneva President Joseph A. Cannon blamed the steel industry's "disastrous" condition earlier this year on production declines in the automotive industry, consumer jitters over the economy and the Persian Gulf war and the fact that USX was able to negotiate a new contract with its union, averting a strike.

At the time of the reduction in force, company officials said they believed no further cuts would be necessary.