BizVoice -- January / February 2018

40 BizVoice/Indiana Chamber – January/February 2018 INDIANA DRIVING U.S. STEEL INDUSTRY The Hoosier state is a national leader in manufacturing, which extends to the steel industry. Though the steel industry has declined in overall employment over the last several decades (due to automation, company consolidation and international import crises), Indiana became the largest steel producing state in the country in 1975. It has held the title continuously for 42 years, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). Steel mills can be found in various areas of the state (including Crawfordsville, Pittsboro and northeast Indiana), but the largest amount of steel activity is centered in Lake and Porter counties. The Times of Northwest Indiana reports the region holds several titles for the national steel industry: the largest steel mill (U.S. Steel’s Gary Works), largest integrated steelmaking complex (ArcelorMittal’s Indiana Harbor) and newest integrated steel mill (ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor). United States Steel Industry Employment (2007-2016) 100,000 150,000 200,000 175,000 125,000 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Manufacturing: Yesterday