Things are looking up for steelmakers after a rough patch during the economic downturn and a winter weather-chilled first quarter.
Demand for steel was relatively flat in the United States in 2013, but AcrelorMittal is expecting a 4 percent increase in demand and shipments this year.
Top steel executives visited Washington, D.C., to call on Congress to help make the industry more globally competitive.
If pictures truly say a thousand words, a photo from Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson's State of the City address last week should generate enough verbiage to fill this column — and region political reform advocates — with hope.
The steel industry got a boost from strong car sales in 2013, which hopefully should continue into this year, said Susan Zlajic, manager of government affairs at ArcelorMittal USA Inc.
Plenty of government blunders in the region deserve bitter-cold responses.
PORTAGE | Portage's "plowgate" controversy is raging on.
Snow crunches underfoot and every breath is a bite from the cold, crisp apple of air.
GARY | A former general manager at Gary Works is retiring amid a shake-up of executive management at U.S. Steel.
PORTAGE | Metal that just received rust-proofing piles up in the cavernous warehouse of U.S. Steel's plant in Portage, ready to be trucked off to factories throughout the Midwest.
HOBART | In recent years, local steelmakers have made major investments in automated systems that scan the metal's surface for any flaws, to better meet the increasingly exacting standards of automakers and other customers.
U.S. Steel plans to offer rare tours of a local steel mill when an international summit comes to town.
U.S. Steel recently overhauled its leadership after years of losses and a cement-booted stock price that has sunk by about 90 percent since 2008, but an analyst warns a turnaround will not be easy.
ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel have been working on streamlining operations after a prolonged economic slump has kept them from being profitable, and the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker plans to review labor costs at all its facilities.
Steelmakers continue to struggle with weak demand, low prices and overcapacity.
+Portage resident reports burglary
PORTAGE | The Portage Economic Development Corp. will focus next year on educating its membership about economic development.
HAMMOND | A former elementary school principal is suing Portage Township Schools, claiming she was fired so the district could replace her with a younger man.
PORTAGE | Covering the walls of Mike Lovings business are sponsorship plaques of Little League baseball, Junior Miss softball and Portage Youth Basketball teams, among others.
PORTAGE | Joseph Kasper announced his intentions to run for the Portage City Council District 4 seat on the Democratic primary ballot.
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