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Brown applauds ESMARK acquisition of Yorkville plant

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) applauded the announcement of ESMARK's acquisition of the former RG Steel plant in Yorkville.

The senator said the news is a welcome for Ohio.

"This announcement is great news for Ohio and its dedicated workers," Brown said. "I applaud the management team at ESMARK, the United Steelworkers, the State of Ohio and the entire Yorkville community for their efforts."

According to a news release from the senator ESMARK expects to restart the Yorkville facility in January 2013, bringing 160 jobs back to the area.

RG Steel filed bankruptcy at the end of May and began liquidating its assets, including the Yorkville facility.

In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent attorneys for RG Steel a letter outlining 62 solid waste management units and nine areas of concern at the Yorkville facility according to a letter Sen. Brown sent to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

ESMARK announced earlier this week the environmental concerns have been resolved.