Busy Great Lakes ports thrum to a manufacturing comeback

Story excerpt provided by The Plain Dealer.

Written by Robert L. Smith.

In a sign of the growing strength of the Midwest economy, ports up and down the Great Lakes are experiencing a robust shipping season and many are hustling to keep up with cargo volumes that have returned to pre-recession levels.

Not since 2006 has there been so much action on the docks, according to numbers compiled by the American Great Lakes Ports Association.

The Port of Cleveland, the first major American port on the Saint Lawrence Seaway, illustrates the renewed activity. The volume of international freight coming through the port is up nearly 20 percent over last year.

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Originally published October 17, 2014.

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