The Myth: The American steel industry no longer exists.
In a comment on a proposed change to the Florida Building Code in September of 2012, Damon Roby wrote, "most of the steel used in the US must be obtained from overseas."
Sorry Mr. Roby, you've got it all wrong.
The Reality: The American structural steel industry is alive and well.
America produces more structural steel than it uses.
- American steel mills produced 7.5 million tons of structural steel in 2013.
- 6.9 million tons of structural steel were used in America in 2013.
- The USA is a net EXPORTER of structural steel.
- Existing American capacity to produce structural steel is adequate to meet all domestic demand in the foreseeable future.
American structural steel is made by American workers.
- The American structural steel industry provides jobs for 160,000 Americans.
- One American job is produced for ever 45 tons of structural steel produced, fabricated and erected in America.
- American workers in over a dozen mills throughout the US produce structural steel.
- American workers fabricate structural steel at 1,800 local fabrication shops, the vast majority of which are family businesses.
- American workers annually erect structural steel on more than 8,000 project sites across America.
American structural steel is the ultimate American construction material.