Business: Fast Comeback in Steel

"I don't want to sound like a Pollyanna," said a steelman last week, "but so far, everything is going better than we dreamed it could." With its 500,000-man labor force back on the job, the nation's steel industry was making an amazing comeback. Barely a week after the first furnaces were fired up again, the mills were up to 45.9% of capacity, and turning out 1,300,000 tons of steel. This week output should be clipping along at better than 60%, well ahead of the first estimates.

Republic Steel Corp. hit 70% this week, some five...

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