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Correction: US Steel-Icy Shutdown story

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2014 at 11:14 am •  Published: April 8, 2014
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GARY, Ind. (AP) — In a story April 5 about the effects of ice on the Great Lakes, The Associated Press reported erroneously that production at U.S. Steel's Gary Works had been temporarily halted. Production was scaled back but did not stop.

A corrected version of the story is below:

US Steel slows Indiana mill due to lack of ore

US Steel scales back Indiana mill's steelmaking; lake ice leaves mill without iron ore

GARY, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel has scaled back steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off its access to vital iron ore and other raw materials.

The company said in a letter to its customers that it has reduced production at the Gary Works complex's blast furnaces and steelmaking operations "due to unforeseen and unprecedented ice conditions on the Great Lakes" after the Midwest's frigid winter, The Times of Munster reported.

"These severe ice conditions have not occurred on the Great Lakes for more than three decades," the letter states.

Treacherous ice covering much of Lake Superior has prevented freighter ships from hauling iron ore — an essential ingredient in steelmaking — from Minnesota's Iron Range to northwestern Indiana steel mills.

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