Great Lakes-Seaway helps drives economy

Oct 31, 2011 | 08:19 AM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, iron ore trade, economic impact, corinna petry

CHICAGO — Cargo shipments on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system generated $33.6 billion worth of economic activity and 227,000 jobs in the United States and Canada in 2010, according to a new study.

"The value of U.S.-flag Lakes shipping has never before been so well illustrated," James H.I. Weakley, president of the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), said of the study conducted by Martin Associates, Lancaster, Pa. "These facts and figures will help us fight for our fair share of federal dredging dollars; a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie; renewal and expansion of the U.S. Coast Guard’s icebreaking fleet; and other needs....

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