Great Lakes steel production rose by 11,000 tons, or 1.65%, last week.
Steel mills in the Great Lakes region, clustered mainly in Northwest Indiana, made 677,000 tons of metal, up from 666,000 tons the previous week, according to the Washington D.C.-based American Iron and Steel Institute.
Overall, domestic steel mills in the United States made 1.923 million tons of steel last week, up 1.3% from 1.898 million tons the previous week.
So far this year, domestic steel mills in the United States have made 3 million tons of steel, a 2.3% increase over the 2.94 million tons made during the same period in 2019.
U.S. steel mills have run at a capacity utilization rate of 82.1% through Jan. 11, up from 80.4% at the same point in 2019, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.
Domestic steelmakers used about 82.5% of their steelmaking capacity in the week that ended Saturday, up from 80.4% a year earlier and from 82% the previous week.
A steel capacity utilization rate of 83.4% last year was the highest level reached in the U.S. since September 2008, according to the trade publication Platts.
Steel production in the Southern region, a wide geographic swath that encompasses many mini-mills and rivals the Great Lakes region in output, produced 721,000 tons of steel in the week that ended Saturday, up from 698,000 tons the week before. Production in the rest of the Midwest rose to 214,000 tons last week, up from 209,000 tons the week prior.
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U.S. Steel Gary Works General Manager Matt Perkins, left, points out details of a cold mill Monday to U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., while touring the facility in Gary.
U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., speaks to employees of U.S. Steel Gary Works in Gary on Monday.
Patrick Carney, sales manager with Kastalon Polyurethane Products, displays some of his company's wares during the Association for Iron and Steel Technology Midwest Chapter vendor fair in Merrillville.
A Feralloy employee mans a control panel in the Portage facility last fall as a group tours the building for National Manufacturing Day. Tim Considine, a University of Wyoming energy economics professor, said jobs in manufacturing create ripple effects that can be felt throughout the regional and national economy.
Portage - A crane operator lifts a steel coil on Friday in the Portage Feralloy facility.
PORTER | Steelworkers at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor plant wave to traffic in September at the east entrance. The United Steelworkers Local 6787 members held the informational picket to encourage negotiators who continue to work on a new labor agreement between the United Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal that expired a few days ago.
Raymond Lopez Sr. of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees, or SOAR, watches as current and retired members of the United Steelworkers participate in the informational picket outside of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor offices.
Gubernatorial candidate John Gregg talks with supporters Thursday during a campaign stop at the United Steelworkers hall in Gary.
A memorial that lists 389 names of steelworkers who have died in the mills since 1926 adorns a wall in the USW Local 1010 union hall. Nearly 200 steelworkers and the families of deceased steelworkers gathered Thursday morning at the United Steelworkers Local 1010 building for the 2012 Workers Memorial Day service.
EAST CHICAGO Jim Robinson, Director of United Steel Workers District 7, right, speaks Thursday morning to nearly 200 steelworkers and the families of deceased steelworkers gathered at the United Steelworkers Local 1010 building for the 2012 Workers Memorial Day service. Union representatives, safety and plant managers all spoke along with members of families whose loved ones had lost their lives in accidents at the mills. Workers Memorial Day, which is April 28, is dedicated to workers who have lost their lives in workplaces around the world.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Esmark Steel Group Crane Operator Joel Hernandez lifts a roll of steel at the plant in Chicago Heights on Thursday, November 1, 2012.
A blast furnace at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago, Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
No. 14 blast furnace at U.S. Steel Gary Works in Gary, Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
U.S. Steel Gary Works in Gary, Ind., Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
Locally, ArcelorMittal operates integrated steel mills in East Chicago and Burns Harbor, shown here; a global research and development facility in East Chicago; a hot strip mill in Riverdale; a plate mill in Gary; and processing and finishing joint venture facilities in New Carlisle.
ArcelorMittal in Burns Harbor, Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
Mike Rippey, President and CEO of ArcelorMittal, gives a presentation Thursday about trends in the economy affecting the steel industry during a Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Ameristar Casino in East Chicago.
Michael Brennan, manager of health, safety and environmental affairs at ArcelorMittal Riverdale, holds a poster giving safety advice on heat-related illnesses and emergencies during the Calumet Area Industrial Commission's second Safety and Health Forum. The forum was held at ArcelorMittal Riverdale on Friday.
A steel plate is leveled by a new 8200-ton leveler at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Plate Heat Treat Facility on Thursday.
A steel plate leaves a hardening furnace and enters a cooling bath at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Plate Heat Treat Facility on Thursday. The company invested $60 million to upgrade its 160-inch plate mill operation in Burns Harbor.
Longshoreman Pete Staback checks 20,000-pound steel coils after they are unloaded from the first international ship of the year at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. The Isadora was carrying 10,000 tons of steel coils.
ArcelorMittal officials are shown discussing a $63.2 million project to upgrade facilities on the east side of Indiana Harbor in 2012. READY NWI is a group of leaders from business, higher education, K-12 education and the Center of Workforce Innovations who have united in a unique way to align employability skills and assessments to indicate when a student is ready for college and careers in the workplace.
ArcelorMittal employees and officials cut a ribbon Monday for the steel mill's $63.2 million project to install a new energy efficient boiler and upgrade facilities on the east side of Indiana Harbor.
Employees at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago watch the new boiler system via monitors Monday. The system creates electricity through the heat and subsequent steam from their blast furnace.
Paul Wurth worker John Livergood welds together lengths of metal Friday for guardrails as the company prepares to host an open house this week. The Valparaiso company, which designs and builds components for steelmaking, recently moved into the vacant Task Force Tips building at 2800 E. Evans Ave.
Valparaiso - Paul Wurth worker Jay Gentille uses a forklift to move a blast furnace distribution chute on Friday in the newly-opened Valparaiso Paul Wurth building. The company, which designs and builds components for steelmaking, will hold an open house next week.
Pipe is moved and prepared for loading and shipment in May at Midwest Pipe Coating Inc. in Schererville. The company now sees 35 to 45 trucks a day coming and going with product from their plant. "Stuff's going all over the country," said General Manager Joel Chermak.
A worker walks through rows of ArcelorMittal coils Thursday as
they are loaded onto a ship bund for Macedonia from the Port of
A Feralloy employee mans a control panel in the Portage facility last fall as a group tours the building for National Manufacturing Day. Indiana added manufacturing jobs for the second straight year, but the region missed out on the gains.
U.S. Steel's Gary Works facility is shown. U.S. Steel is launching Project Carnegie, an attempt to find savings and grow revenue. Teams at all U.S. Steel facilities, including at East Chicago, Gary and Portage, are looking to identify cost-cutting measures and other ways the company can improve its business operations.
Employees at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago watch the new boiler system via monitors in December. The system creates electricity through the heat and subsequent steam from their blast furnace. The steelmaker has been pursuing a number of similar environmentally friendly initiatives.
U.S. Steel has prevailed in an eight-year legal battle that began at Gary Works and ended up being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last fall.
A longshoreman checks 20,000-pound steel coils after they are unloaded at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Tonnage shipped through the port has increased for six consecutive months.
An Esmark Steel Group crane operator lifts a roll of steel at a facility in Chicago Heights. The company is laying off 31 workers and closing its service center at 300 Joe Orr Road.
Officials talk about ArcelorMittal's $63.2 million project to install a new energy efficient boiler and upgrade facilities on the east side of Indiana Harbor. Heat from the blast furnace boils water into steam that produces electricity via a turbine. The steelmaker is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy in a bid to cut energy use by 10 percent at all its plants.
ArcelorMittal USA president and CEO Mike Rippey, shown speaking to the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce in 2012, will serve as chairman of the American Iron and Steel Institute. The association represents 22 member companies and about 125 associate members, who are either suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.
U.S. Steel's Gary Works facility is shown. The steelmaker has announced more than potential 3,200 layoffs in East Chicago, Alabama, Texas and Ohio this January.
Workers secure ArcelorMittal steel coils at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor in 2011. Finished steel imports captured a record market share of 28 percent last year, and now steelmakers are fighting back in Washington D.C.
ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor. Indiana led the nation in steel production for the 34th straight year in 2014.
U.S. Steel's Gary Works facility is shown.
U.S. Steel's Gary Works facility is shown. The company is closing is coke plant here and will lay off more than 300 workers.
U.S. Steel's Gary Works facility is shown. The company closed its coke plant here and laid off more than 300 workers in April.
U.S. Steel's Gary Works facility is shown. The company announced new management as part of a streamlining initiative.
A worker walks through rows of ArcelorMittal coils in 2011 as they are loaded onto a ship bound for Macedonia from the Port of Indiana. Great Lakes steel output fell by 5,000 tons last week.
A crane operator lifts a steel coil in the Portage Feralloy facility in 2012. Great Lakes steel production rose by 2.4 percent in the week that ended on the first Saturday in 2016.
ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor steelmaking facilities are shown. Local steel production hit a yearly high of 656,000 tons last week.
A blast furnace at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago. General Motors and Ford honored the company as a top supplier of top quality auto steel.
U.S. Steel’s Gary Works facility.
A worker walks through rows of ArcelorMittal coils in 2011 as they are loaded onto a ship bound for Macedonia from the Port of Indiana. Eight governments around the world have issued a statement saying there's too much steel making capacity and there needs to be an end to the subsidies that encourage it.
ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor steelmaking facilities are shown. The steelmaker lost $400 million in the first quarter of 2016.
A steel plate leaves a hardening furnace and enters a cooling bath at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Plate Heat Treat Facility in 2012. Steel shipments rose 6.3 percent last month.
U.S. Steel's Gary Works facility is shown. The International Trade Commission agreed to U.S. Steel's request for an investigation on whether to ban imports from more than 40 Chinese steel companies.
A crane operator lifts a steel coil in the Portage Feralloy facility in 2012. Great Lakes steel production ticked up slightly last week.
Workers secure ArcelorMittal steel coils at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor in 2011.
The United States exported 2.5 percent more steel in March.