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Great Lakes Ice Chokes off Iron Ore Supply

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Ice cover not seen in over 30-years, is interrupting iron ore shipments from Great lakes freighters and is causing U.S. Steel Gary Works to idle its blast furnaces and operations. The Times is reporting that because of the ice, especially on Lake Superior, shipments from Minnesota's Iron Range are not getting through to Region steel mills.   Over 58-hundred employees work at the mill but they will continue to report to work, according to the article. While it takes a freighter 2 in-a-half days to make the trip to the mills, authorities say a convoy of ships headed for Northwest Indiana, escorted by two icebreakers, have been at sea for seven days. The Coast Guard told the times that the temperature would have to warm up considerably before ships are able to cross the lakes without difficulty.
You can read more about this story at:  http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/steelmaking-idled-at-gary-works/article_089e0dcf-c395-5d95-b151-457d90c23839.html


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