Steel production rises 5,000 tons in Great Lakes states

2013-02-05T14:00:00Z 2013-02-05T14:44:04Z Steel production rises 5,000 tons in Great Lakes statesBowdeya Tweh bowdeya.tweh@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com
February 05, 2013 2:00 pm  • 

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region was 657,000 tons in the week that ended Saturday, according to estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Production was up 5,000 tons from the week prior. The majority of raw steel production in the Great Lakes region occurs in Indiana and the Chicago area.

Production in the Southern District was estimated at 609,000 tons during the period that ended Feb. 2, down from about 610,000 tons a week earlier.

U.S. steel mills had a capacity utilization rate of 75.2 percent last week, which is down from a 75.4 percent production rate a week earlier.

Domestic mills have produced about 9 million tons of steel this year, down 6.2 percent from the same period in 2012.

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