August 2004
Volume 56    Issue 8

Economic conditions help Minnesota's iron ore mining

Mining Engineering , 2004, Vol. 56, No. 8, pp. 23-23
Yernberg, William R.


What a difference a year makes. One year ago, the iron mining industry and the steelmaking industry in the United States were in trouble. Many companies were in bankruptcy, and talk of plant and mine shutdowns was rampant. At that time, it seemed difficult, if not impossible, to remain competitive with imported steel. In addition, the World Trade Organization declared as illegal the tariffs placed on imported steel. And many questioned the viability of the iron mining and steel industry in the United States. At that time, global economic conditions were the main contributors to the industry’s problems.

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