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Manufacturer Sees Growth in Great Lakes Shipping

Great Lakes Seaway Partnership – February 14, 2018

Construction will soon begin on a new iron plant in Toledo.  The Port Authority there says it’s a big step in the right direction for Great Lakes shipping.

Cleveland Cliffs – an iron ore manufacturer — is opening the plant, the first of its kind in the Great Lakes. It produces hot briquetted iron, using new technology. The iron will then travel to steelmaking companies in Ohio and Indiana.  

Joe Cappel is with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, and he says the new plant will be a boon to marine traffic out of Toledo.

“We’ll be in the 10-12 million ton per year category — that makes us one of the largest US ports on the Great Lakes system. The 2 million inbound tons will come in on approximately 100 lake trading vessels.”

Representatives from the Toledo Port and Cleveland Cliffs will speak this week at the Great Lakes Waterway Conference in Cleveland. Cappel says it’s an exciting sign of a possible future for the region.

“People look at the Great Lakes shipping industry as really a dying industry. And really, at least at the Port of Toledo, that certainly is not the case.”

The conference will include sessions on autonomous technology and government partnerships.

Great Lakes Today is a collaboration of ideastream, WBFO Buffalo and WXXI Rochester.

SOURCE: WKSU

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9 Responses to Manufacturer Sees Growth in Great Lakes Shipping

  1. Mark Schumacher in LV says:

    It’s about fkg time. If this thing is Chinese owned, then I’m a bald eagle eating rabbiit. PZL tell me this son of a bitch isn’t Chinese owned.

  2. JoeSTP says:

    How About Jew owned, jew money!!

  3. Bud Fox says:

    Just like Bosie, Idaho….Toledo has sold out to the Chinese…I have been told that just like in the Pacific nw, there is a huge Chinese -only city planned for the Toledo Detroit area.

  4. DL. says:

    Fine…until the next “Edmund Fitzgerald” happens…. Just saying….

  5. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “… an iron ore manufacturer — is opening the plant, the first of its kind in the Great Lakes. It produces hot briquetted iron, using new technology. The iron will then travel to steelmaking companies in Ohio and Indiana.”

    Wouldn’t it be far more expensive to just hand that technology over to the Chinese, ship the iron ore over there, and then pay top dollar to buy it back from them?

    I’m guessin’ that’s comin’ next.

  6. Jolly Roger says:

    Yeah, I should have guessed this was coming….they’re adding a fast lane to the Soo Locks that will allow it to handle bigger ships, and that seemed like a strange project to undertake with manufacturing dried up in this country. New investment in the rust belt seemed odd.

    (the Soo Locks allows ship to travel between lake Superior, and the other Great Lakes where there was once a waterfall, and most of the Great Lakes shipping traffic passes through it)

    • Jolly Roger says:

      My money’s on Chinese ownership. They already own the city of Milan, MI, and nobody else would want Toledo or Detroit. (Detroit doesn’t want Detroit)

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