Esmark sells technologies unit to joint venture
By Alex Nixon
Published: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, 12:32 p.m.
Sewickley-based Esmark Inc. said on Monday that it sold its technologies unit to a Cleveland-based joint venture of two private investment firms.
Stahlschmidt Inc. and Bouchard Group LLC bought Esmark Technologies for an undisclosed price, Esmark CEO James Bouchard said.
The move allows Esmark to profit from opportunities related to Marcellus shale natural gas development and to focus on its core business in the steel industry.
“There's just a lot of opportunities with oil and gas, shale ... chemicals — a lot of those don't fall into the steel business,” said Bouchard, who also owns Bouchard Group. “We don't have the management resources for these new opportunities.”
Stahlschmidt, a privately held management services, investment and asset management firm, is run by Uwe T. Schmidt, an Esmark investor.
Stahlschmidt will own 60 percent of Esmark Technologies and manage its operations. Esmark Technologies' headquarters will move from Sewickley to Cleveland.
Esmark has a number of steel and other operations in Ohio, including its Independent Steel service center in Cleveland; Esmark Aviation subsidiary, which provides contract medical flights for the Cleveland Clinic; its Yorkville cold-rolled steel mill; and the Ohio Coatings Co.'s tin plate facility near Yorkville, of which Esmark owns 50 percent.
Esmark is working to reopen the Yorkville plant, which it renamed Ohio Cold Rolling Co. after purchasing that plant and the tin plate facility from bankrupt RG Steel for $6.25 million in October.
A restart date is not set, Esmark spokesman Bill Keegan said.
Esmark Technologies, formed to provide technical and management services to the steel, manufacturing and industrial sectors, will focus on project development, resource recovery, energy efficiency solutions, structured trade finance and tailored supply chain management solutions in the North America industrial metals, energy and manufacturing sectors, the company said.
One of its projects could be development of a depot for storing and transferring pipe and aggregate along the Ohio River in Yorkville, Bouchard said.
The depot, which could be built on vacant land at the Ohio Cold Rolling plant, would offer a lower-cost way to store and transport chemicals, steel, and other materials “to take advantage of the oil and gas boom,” he said.
Esmark Technologies is considering other ways to utilize the Yorkville land, he said, such as a tin-printing venture, a coal transfer and blending station, or a shale-gas cogeneration plant.
“Freight costs are going up,” Bouchard said. “A low-cost method for moving steel is down the Ohio River.”
Alex Nixon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Employers nationwide added 175K jobs despite harsh weather
- Google barge departs San Francisco to new home
- Natural gas industry buoyed by advancing technology
- Disney to lay off 700 from interactive unit
- Alpha Natural Resources to pay record $227.5M in water pollution settlement
- Beef costs reach record amid persisting drought
- Trib 30 index of Pittsburgh-area stocks rises again, reaches high
- ADT settles deception charges
- Obamacare enrollment has ‘lot of ground to cover’
- Startup envisions ring that could rule them all
- PNC info sought in fraud investigation