WASHINGTON, D.C. - Indiana once again led the nation in steel production in 2018. Jake Murphy with the American Iron and Steel Institute tells our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana steel mills throughout the state made 26.7 million net tons of steel last year, up from 24.1 million in 2017.

Indiana made more than a fourth of the nation's steel to keep its spot as the top steel-producing state in the U.S., a position Murphy says it has held since 1977. The state produced more than twice as much steel as the second-place state, Ohio, which made 10.88 million tons, according to the publication.

The Washington D.C.-based institute reports steelmakers throughout the country produced 95.5 million tons last year, up from 89.9 million tons the previous year. The 2018 numbers also represent the most steel produced in the U.S. since 2007.

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