August 14 2006, Associated Press, By VICKI SMITH MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The United Steelworkers officially picked a side in the battle for Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp., declaring Monday it will embrace a future with an Illinois steel supplier and try to defeat a merger with management's preferred partner. In a news release late Monday, District 1 Director David McCall in Columbus, Ohio, said the USW will "use every means at the union's disposal" to defeat Wheeling-Pitt's proposed deal with Brazilian steelmaker Companhia Siderurgica Nacional, or CSN. Wheeling-Pitt, which employs about 3,100 at plants in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, has a tentative agreement...

August 4, 2006, Chicago Sun-Times Esmark Inc. continued its buying spree Thursday as the steel service center disclosed its 10th acquisition since it was founded in 2003, bringing the total price paid to $221 million. The privately held company -- named in honor of one of Chicago’s premier food companies in the 1980s -- bought Cleveland-based Independent Steel, a steel services center, for $21 million in cash. “The acquisition demonstrates Esmark’s commitment to growth and investment in the Ohio Valley,” said Esmark Chairman and CEO James P. Bouchard. “This is another important strategic step towards completing our downstream-growth platform between the Pittsburgh-Chicago growth...