December Steel Shipments Up 8.6 Percent From November

Up 38.3 percent Year to Date

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/16/2011 - The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that for the month of December 2010, U.S. steel mills shipped 7,111,031 net tons, a 8.6 percent increase from the 6,549,025 net tons shipped in the previous month, November 2010, and a 17.8 percent increase from the 6,034,538 net tons shipped in December 2009.  Shipments year-to-date in 2010 are 83,443,836, a 38.3 percent increase vs. 2009 shipments of 60,346,710 for twelve months.

A month-to-month comparison of shipments shows the following changes:  hot rolled sheet, up 16 percent, hot dipped galvanized sheet and strip, up 7 percent and cold rolled sheet, up 1 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 25 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 140 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent approximately 80 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