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USW Not Confident On Yorkville Plant Restart

Former W-Pitt facility has been idle more than a year

July 20, 2013

YORKVILLE — After letting the plant sit idle for more than a year, Esmark Inc. hopes to soon start work at the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel mill it paid $4....

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ShempH

Jul-20-13 6:56 AM

I have several friends that work there and not only for their sake but the sake of many others I do hope they can return, and soon. These workers are making a huge sacrifice in wages and benefits for a return to work. Myself, I'm a Union supporter but sometimes a Union Member and worker must make concessions for jobs, this is a different America today.

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TrollSlayer

Jul-20-13 8:52 AM

Between the unions and Barry "Coal Bankrupter" Obama the local steel industry doesn't have a chance.

Elections have consequences.

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oldmansvan

Jul-20-13 9:48 AM

Troll, the steel industry was really booming right up till Obama was elected. You can't help proving what a bigoted fool you are.

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TrollSlayer

Jul-20-13 10:09 AM

“bigoted”? So typical race-baiting Democrit oldmansvan is already playing the racist card? Seriously? LOL

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Ragnar

Jul-20-13 10:46 AM

The steel industry WAS booming until Barry took office! Just because Wheeling-Pitt and Weirton were run into the ground by a combination of bad management and greedy workers doesn't mean that the rest of the industry was dying.

Bush was the ONLY President to sign a tariff bill to protect domestic steelmakers. In return for this tariff, the industry agreed to start consolidating operations and to eliminate excess capacity. This was done, for the most part.

Weirton and Wheeling-Pitt should have closed years before they did. Taxpayers kept them propped up and protected them from the market.

As for Yorkville, why would you believe anything Bouchard says? The man is a snake oil salesman. He was going to do this, that and so forth. He had big plans. And then he left the company and went to China to pursue "new opportunities."

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zip064

Jul-20-13 11:11 AM

It's almost like another Detroit love affair with the USWU. . .

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SpankysLastDance

Jul-20-13 12:10 PM

Will it restart, will it shut down, will it restart, will it shut down, will it restart, will it shut down, will it restart, will it shut down.

Sounds like a dang broken record.

Just the saga of the Bellaire Bridge.

Will it fall down, will it be torn down, will it fall down, will it be torn down, will it fall down, will it be torn down.

It's enough to drive a person INSANE !!!!

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SpankysLastDance

Jul-20-13 12:11 PM

just like

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atoddh

Jul-20-13 3:33 PM

OV steel is a goner. Just is. Coal will be soon also. Not sure Ormet will make it. Meanwhile nothing is being done to cultivate new light manufacturing and employment.

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wonderwhy

Jul-20-13 3:42 PM

Ragner- You must be kidding. The steel industry in this country ended in the mid 2000's, with 27 steel makers filing for bankruptcy or closing in 2004. Dream on with your pointed, faux view of the industry in the USA

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wonderwhy

Jul-20-13 3:47 PM

You are right ShempH. However, concessions come with a price. So these mills are paying millions to the top owners. A good wage does many things. It provides a tax base, it provides a medium living for the worker, it provides our country a source for metals. This entire thing is obnoxious. Look up Wilbur Ross, his affiliations, his infiltration into steel and coal. Look who are the winners and losers. wonderwhy?

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UNCOMMONSENSE

Jul-20-13 4:52 PM

The local steel makers really dropped the ball with the gas industry!!

They could have been employing thousands producing the pipe the gas industry needs right here!!

Picoma is still doing business in Cambridge and they could easily move production into one of the local plants!!!

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TrollSlayer

Jul-20-13 5:47 PM

atoddh "OV steel is a goner. Just is. Coal will be soon also."

You can thank your union pals and Barry Bankrupter for the demise of OV steel. But OV coal is far from gone. The US has exported over 100 MILLION short tons of coal for the last three years. A new record 13.6 MILLION short tons in the last month reported by the US EIA. And the EIA estimates the US recoverable coal reserves at 259 BILLION short tons, which at the current world rate of consumption will last for well over 200 years. So as long as the Chinese support free market economics and Ohio Valley coal more than Barry Bankrupter does, Ohio Valley coal will do just fine.

w ww.eia.g ov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=11751

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atoddh

Jul-20-13 10:31 PM

troll: China and India will depart from coal also in the near future. China is viewed as a major export market for USA methane now. Shale Gas is changing the way energy is made globally.

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TrollSlayer

Jul-21-13 12:31 AM

We'll see, atoddh. It's harder to transport gas to China than it is to pipeline it to the next county. Coal ships much more cheaply and easily.

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