Great Lakes steel production rose to 711,000 tons last week, a 2.74 percent increase.
Steel mills in the Great Lakes region made 692,000 tons of metal the previous week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Most of the steel made in the Great Lakes region is produced around the southern shore of Lake Michigan in Lake and Porter counties.
Overall, domestic steel mills made 1.924 million tons of metal last week, up from the 1.915 million tons made the previous week.
U.S. steel mills have run at a capacity utilization rate of 78 percent this year, up from 74.2 percent at the same point in 2017, according to the AISI.
Domestic steelmakers used about 82.1 percent of their steelmaking capacity in the week that ended Nov. 17, up from 73.3 percent at the same time a year ago and from 81.7 percent a week prior, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.
Some analysts say steel-making capacity utilization of about 90 percent is considered financially healthy for the industry, at least for the larger integrated mills like those around Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana, because of their high fixed operating costs.
Nationally, as 25 percent Section 232 tariffs make imports more expensive, steel output is up by 5.5 percent this year, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute, a 0.2 percent increase as compared to the past week and the 12th straight week of increase.
Production in the Southern district, a wide geographic swath that includes many mini mills, decreased to 692,000 tons last week, down from 715,000 tons the previous week.
Steel output in the greater Midwest rose to 214,000 tons last week, up from 209,000 tons the previous week.