December 07, 2005, Crain’s Chicago Business, By Bob Tita Steel industry consolidator Esmark Inc. said Wednesday it has acquired Homewood-based steel distributor North American Steel LLC. The purchase price was not disclosed, but the deal involved both cash and equity in Chicago-based Esmark, an Esmark spokesman said. As part of the deal, North American co-owners Michael Bush and Thomas Jeter will become Esmark executives. Mr. Bush will be president of Century Steel in Chicago Heights , a steel distributor purchased by Esmark early this year. Mr. Jeter, meanwhile, will serve as president of North American Steel. Founded in 1993, North American Steel specializes...