March Steel Shipments Up 21.2 Percent From February

Up 82.0 Percent from Last Year

WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/17/2010 - The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that for the month of March 2010, U.S. steel mills shipped 7,646,938 net tons, a 21.2percent increase from the 6,311,076 net tons shipped in the previous month, February 2010, and a 82.0 percent increase from the 4,138,449 net tons shipped in March 2009.

A month-to-month comparison of shipments shows the following changes: cold rolled sheet, up 25 percent; hot rolled sheet, up 23 percent; and hot dipped galvanized sheet and strip, up 20 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