The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that U.S. steel mills shipped 7,528,655 net tons in January 2011, a 5.9% increase from the 7,111,031 net tons shipped in December 2010 and a 14.4% increase from the 6,579,808 net tons shipped in January 2010. 2011 shipments for January would annualize at 90.3 million tons. A month-to-month comparison of shipments shows the following changes: cold-rolled sheet up 19%, hot-dipped galvanized sheet and strip up 14% and hot-rolled sheet up 5%.

AISI launched a new network of websites that included a redesign of its flagship, a new face for North American steel recycling at and launch of, which is dedicated to the steel markets. The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), which is a business unit of AISI created in 2008, unveiled its new website as part of the launch, while the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI), also a business unit of AISI, features a redesign of its website, including expanded content on sustainability and life-cycle analysis.