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Tariffs breathe life into the U.S. steel industry in 2018

By Bill Beck - November 19, 2018

It has been a very good year for the nation’s steel industry. President Donald Trump’s promise to protect the domestic steel industry with tariffs during the 2016 Presidential elections became a reality this year. Tariffs ranging from 10 percent to 25 percent on foreign steel gave a huge jump start to an industry that had been struggling in the latter years of the Obama presidency. The steel utilization rate has climbed steadily upward during the past year, topping out at just over 80 percent at the beginning of November.

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