Preparations are underway at Tees Port as the first slabs of steel from the newly re-opened SSI blast furnace are loaded up to be shipped to Thailand.
More than 48,000 tonnes of steel has been produced, with around $30 million (£18 million pounds) worth being loaded now.
More top news
Machetes, hunting knives and meat cleavers were amongst 106 knives and sharp objects handed in to Cleveland Police during a knife amnesty
ITV's Westminster Correspondent has been live-tweeting today as Nissan announce they will produce the two new car models at Sunderland
MP's and local businesses have been reacting to the news that 7,000 jobs will be secured at the Wearside Nissan plant.