With the Great Lakes region becoming a major steel producer, cities around the U.S. are finding new ways to use the energy from the plant to produce their own steel.
The Associated Press has found the region’s Big River steel mills produce almost one-third of the country’s steel production.
But the region is also finding that it can’t afford to rely solely on Big River.
In the last few years, cities like Detroit and Buffalo, both in Michigan, have invested in new technologies and are developing new ways of producing their own materials.
They’re also finding new markets for their steel, like China and Europe.
The AP’s reporting focuses on some of these markets.
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