April Steel Shipments Down 7.7 Percent From March

Up 74.6 Percent from Last Year

WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/16,2010 - The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that for the month of April 2010, U.S. steel mills shipped 7,057,660 net tons, a 7.7 percent decrease from the 7,646,938 net tons shipped in the previous month, March 2010, and a 74.6 percent increase from the 4,042,457 net tons shipped in April 2009.

A month-to-month comparison of shipments shows the following changes: hot dipped galvanized sheet and strip, down 21 percent; hot rolled sheet, down 7 percent; and cold rolled sheet, down 7 percent.  Oil Country Goods improved slightly from 177,405 in March to 189,857 in April; a 7% gain.

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.

Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
Tel: 202.452.7115