Steel shipments feed shipping boom in NW Indiana

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Steel shipments are feeding a 40 percent increase in shipping at Indiana's main port on Lake Michigan so far this year.

Steel cargoes passing through the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor have more than doubled this shipping season to feed the automotive industry.

The Times of Munster reports iron ore and coal are usually two of the largest commodities shipped, but they've been down this year while steel shipments have soared 111 percent higher than during the first half of 2013.

Much of the steel goes to auto assembly plants or is processed at service centers so suppliers can use it to make fenders or other auto parts.