[File photo: The Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug, encounters thick ice on a trip from Chicago to the Port of Indiana, Feb. 12, 2014. The Biscayne Bay helped break ice on the southern part of Lake Michigan to assist commerce. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf]
A company spokesperson says a shipment of iron ore has been able to get to US Steel's Gary Works, and production will resume after operations were ceased temporarily due to ice on the Great Lakes preventing freighters from making the trip from the north -- specifically, via Lake Superior, with ore from Minnesota mines. This year's extreme winter produced ice cover not seen in over thirty years. A letter from the company to its customers said Gary Works temporarily idled blast furnaces and halted production due to the interruption in iron ore delivery. The most recent iron ore shipment that just came in traveled from US Steel Great Lakes Works, which is situated on the Detroit River about eleven miles south of Detroit. Reports say that facility was recently idled after a large pipe damaged a roof.