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Esmark and USW Local 1223 Reach Tentative Agreement

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Esmark Inc. and the United Steelworkers of America on Friday announced that they have reached a tentative agreement with Local 1223 on a four-year collective bargaining agreement for workers at Esmark's newly-acquired Ohio Cold Rolling Company.

 James P. Bouchard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Esmark Inc., commented, "This is an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to restart operations at Ohio Cold Rolling Company, and we could not have achieved this agreement without the support and collaboration of the USW, District 1 Director Dave McCall and Local 1223 President Jerry Conners. We look forward to the membership's vote next week and focusing on restarting operations early next year."

 The Executive Committee of USW Local 1223 will submit the agreement to its members for a ratification vote during the week of December 3.

 Tom Modrowski, Chief Executive Officer of Esmark Steel Group, said the agreement and an expected restart of the Yorkville facility will contribute to Esmark's long-term strategy.