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Old Wheeling-Pitt plant bought again by Esmark

Oct. 12, 2012 @ 11:51 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A company well known in the Ohio Valley has bought the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh steel plant in Yorkville, Ohio, out of bankruptcy and plans a restart in January.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Esmark completed the $6.3 million transaction Thursday. It includes 50 percent interest in Ohio Coatings Co.

CEO James Bouchard says he'll hire 160 workers who will be covered by a four-year United Steelworkers contract.

The plant was owned by now-bankrupt RG Steel.

RG formed last year when Wheeling-Pitt's former operations were combined with Bethlehem Steel's former Sparrows Point mill in Baltimore, and the former WCI Steel plant in Warren, Ohio.

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