Four years ago, the Bouchard brothers bought an insignificant steel company which might soon be one of the 500 biggest companies in the US September 13, 2007, Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Munich, Germany), By Paul-Anton Kr├╝ger James P. Bouchard, 46, and his brother Craig T., who is seven years older, make no secret of who their role model and mentor is. On the Internet site of their company Esmark there is a fax from the magazine Midwest Industry, October 1963 edition. Their father, Robert C. Bouchard, is pictured smiling on the front page. At Inland Steel, which has now been swallowed up in the...

September 05, 2007, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department has approved the sale of the Sparrows Point steel mill near Baltimore to a global investment group led by domestic steel distributor Esmark Inc., the company said Wednesday. The $1.35 billion (euro990 million) transaction, which is meant to resolve antitrust issues, still requires approval by a court-appointed trustee. Esmark said when the deal was announced Aug. 2 that it expected to complete it by Oct. 31. The Justice Department insisted in February that Netherlands-based Mittal Steel Company NV sell Sparrows Point to preserve competition in the market for tin-plated steel in...