Midwest snow, wind delay steel shipments

Dec 13, 2010 | 09:58 AM | Corinna Petry

Severe winter weather that dumped more than a foot of snow and brought blizzard conditions to parts of the Midwest snarled traffic and delayed shipments of steel and other products throughout the region Monday.

"Right now, I am looking at a 42-wheeler (truck) that is stuck in our driveway after trying to make a left turn," Jim Barnett, president of Grand Steel Products Inc., a Wixom, Mich., steel service center, said Monday morning. Two other trucks delivering steel were backed up waiting for that truck to be towed out.

"We've had some people call, saying they weren't able to come in, but most roads in the metro (Detroit) area are clear," Barnett said. "The problem was that before the snow hit, it was raining and then temperatures dropped so there is a coating of ice. We only got 4 to 5 inches of snow but there have been quite a few accidents."....

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