CLEVELAND -- The new normal in the steel industry might be taking hold on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, where ArcelorMittal's Cleveland Works is seeing steadily increasing demand for its products. But company officials do not yet see demand reaching levels common before the recession.
"We are now seeing signs of improvement in the economy and steel market," ArcelorMittal spokeswoman Katie Patterson told Crain's Cleveland Business. "However, the recovery remains slow and progressive."
The mill is operating at 70 percent of capacity, said Mark Granakis, president of United Steelworkers Local 979, which represents workers there.
While that figure is far from where Granakis and the company want it to be, it's a long way from the bottom hit in 2009. Last year, in the heart of the recession, the mill was idled for the summer and the familiar flame of its blast furnace visible to drivers passing by the mill was snuffed out for the first time in recent memory.