December Steel Shipments Up 11.3 Percent From November

Up 30.8 Percent from Last Year

WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/10/2010 -  The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that for the month of December 2009, U.S. steel mills shipped 6,035,000 net tons, an 11.3percent increase from the 5,424,000 net tons shipped in the previous month, November 2009, and a 30.8 percent increase from the 4,613,000 net tons shipped in December 2008.

A month-to-month comparison of shipments shows the following changes: hot rolled sheet, up 21 percent; hot dipped galvanized sheet and strip, up 6 percent; and cold rolled sheet, up 3 percent.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice.  AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology.  AISI is comprised of 23 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 138 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent approximately 75 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at www.steel.org.

Contact:
Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
Tel: 202.452.7115