Bouchard responds to letter

YORKVILLE - Esmark head James Bouchard has responded to a letter from Ohio politicians, asking him to confirm his intention of running the now long-shuttered steel mill in Yorkville or his willingness to step aside if another operator wanted to purchase it and get the facility back on line.

"What I can tell you is that we continue to explore options for the Yorkville facility, including the sale of the assets to other parties, seeking strategic partners that would provide cost competitive Hot Roll substrate necessary to re-start the plant. Over the past year we have had a number of parties tour the plant and equipment assets, and we continue to entertain offers in hopes economic conditions will improve and we can make a sound business decision on the future of the Yorkville mill."

Bouchard made these comments in a letter of response to an inquiry sent from area representatives Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile and Ohio State Rep. Jack Cera.

Loccisano can be reached at kimfromthetl@gmail.com

Bouchard responds to letter

YORKVILLE - Esmark head James Bouchard has responded to a letter from Ohio politicians, asking him to confirm his intention of running the now long-shuttered steel mill in Yorkville or his willingness to step aside if another operator wanted to purchase it and get the facility back on line.

"What I can tell you is that we continue to explore options for the Yorkville facility, including the sale of the assets to other parties, seeking strategic partners that would provide cost competitive Hot Roll substrate necessary to re-start the plant. Over the past year we have had a number of parties tour the plant and equipment assets, and we continue to entertain offers in hopes economic conditions will improve and we can make a sound business decision on the future of the Yorkville mill."

Bouchard made these comments in a letter of response to an inquiry sent from area representatives Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile and Ohio State Rep. Jack Cera.

Additional details will follow Wednesday.

Loccisano can be reached at kimfromthetl@gmail.com