Economy continues to improve, just look towards the lake

It has been a long road, or lake passage in this case, to get the economy to recover from the Great Recession of 2009.

The Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC), based in Canada, tracks shipping through the St. Lawrence Seaway which is a set of locks, rivers and Great Lakes connecting the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Duluth, Minn. with several ports along the way. According to the CMC the first part of 2017 has been blowing numbers from this time in 2016 out of the water.

Total tonnage through the seaway is up 20 percent. The biggest increase is in the area of iron ore, most of which is being loaded in Duluth and shipped to China and Japan, is up 66 percent compared to this time last year.

Checking with Port of Cleveland the amount of iron ore in the first six months of 2017 coming into Cleveland is also up four percent. The iron ore being unloaded in downtown Cleveland is then put on smaller ships and sent through the Cuyahoga River to ArcelorMittal and used in steel projects.

"Anytime you're moving more ore it means more steel, which means more work for the auto industry and more economic activity," according to David S. Gutheil, Vice-President of Maritime & Logistics for the Port of Cleveland.

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