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ONLY ON 7: Ohio Congressman Discusses Push to Open Yorkville Plant

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It's been almost two years since Esmark announced it was reopening its plant in Yorkville, but that reopening has yet to be seen.

On Tuesday, Congressman Bill Johnson met with representatives to get an update on where they stand.

Since the announcement of Esmark reopening in 2012, village council said nothing seems to be moving along and they aren't seeing any light at the end of the tunnel.

Jerry Connors, USW Local 1223 President, told WTRF.com, "As of I know right now there's nothing on the radar. We have not been contacted about a restart."

Congressman Johnson met with the Yorkville Mayor, village council, and steel representatives to get an update on where they stand with Esmark, but it's not looking good.

In 2012, it was announced that the old Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel plant would be reopening, potentially hiring 160 local workers, but now only 10 people occupy the vacant facility working as a fire watch.

"You've got a ready and willing workforce that's wanting to go back to work. We have tried as best we could within the scope of our ability to influence decisions that would put people back to work," added Congressman Johnson.

Village council has been reaching out to both the Governor John Kasich's office and Esmark through email and letter, but have not received a response back.

Congressman Johnson said he believes there's still an opportunity to get the plant in Yorkville up and running.