February 9, 2005, Post-Tribune, By Lisa Shidler, Post-Tribune Staff Writer [caption id="attachment_1066" align="alignright" width="250"] At the beginning of the coating line a roll of steel is moved into place by Gil Peral (lower left) at Electric Coating Technologies. (Brian Pierro/Post-Tribune)[/caption] Jim Bouchard wants to build an empire on steel coils. Bouchard, a former U.S. Steel executive, is following the pattern of turnaround specialist Wilbur Ross by grabbing bankrupt or distressed companies in the Midwest and turning them around for a healthy profit. Bouchard’s ventures are smaller, including an East Chicago plant with 24 employees. But his goals are large — he hopes to create...