Port of Mobile to remain hub: executive

Nov 27, 2012 | 05:08 PM | Chris Prentice

Tags  Alabama State Port Authority, James K. Lyons, Mobile, Alabama, Calvert, ThyssenKrupp, SSAB Americas, Nucor steel products

NEW YORK — The Alabama State Port Authority expects steel's role to increase even with the uncertainty surrounding ThyssenKrupp AG’s steel rolling facility in Calvert, Ala.

The agency has been investing in upgrades to steel services as steel products become an increasing part of its business mix, according to James K. Lyons, director and chief executive officer of the Mobile-based port authority.
Despite some tailing off in the latter part of 2012, the Port of Mobile has seen a growing number of slab imports thanks to ThyssenKrupp’s operations in Calvert. This year, some 1.97 million tonnes of slab were imported by the United States in January to September, according to U.S. Census data compiled by AMM. That compares with just shy of 1.6 million tonnes in the same period a year ago. ....

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