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Esmark celebrates new headquarters in Edgeworth

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6:27 p.m.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Esmark founder, chairman and CEO Jim Bouchard thanks family, friends and the community for their hand in helping make the new Esmark Center in Edgeworth a reality during a grand opening ceremony Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Lt. Col. Bryan O'Neill of Aleppo Township attaches a flag to the flagpole at the Esmark Center in Edgeworth during a grand opening ceremony Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
John Tucci of Sewickley sings the national anthem during a grand opening ceremony at the new Esmark Center building in Edgeworth Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald speaks during a grand opening ceremony at the new Esmark Center in Edgeworth Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Esmark founder, chairman and CEO Jim Bouchard (fourth from left) and his wife Carolyn, with help from government officials, Esmark employees, family and friends, cut a ribbon during a grand opening ceremony at the new Esmark Center in Edgeworth Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

With an expansive view of the Ohio River from his corner office in a new global headquarters just north of Sewickley, Jim Bouchard pondered Wednesday what moving his company — Esmark Inc. — to the region could mean for the area.

“You're going to see more financial companies relocate to the Sewickley area when they find out they don't need to drive 30 minutes to work, and they can be in their office in five minutes,” said Bouchard, founder and CEO of Esmark Inc. — a diversified, privately-held company with roots in the steel industry.

Bouchard on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of the $9 million Esmark Center at 100 Hazel Lane, Edgeworth, along with about 100 others, including Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who congratulated Bouchard on relocating to the region.

“This is a great tribute to some of the things that are happening here in Western Pennsylvania,” Fitzgerald said. “We're known for a lot of innovations. We have been for over 100 years. This is just a continuation of a great tradition.”

In addition to Esmark, which will allow the company's headquarters to be centrally located between three areas where employees are located — Meadville, Cleveland and Chicago, the 40,000-square-foot building will house a Heritage Valley Health System “medical mall,” which will offer patients primary care access and ambulatory and diagnostic services.

A hospital system spokesman said the health organization planned to move into the building later this summer.

The company opened the new building on April 1 but some work is still underway to finish the first and second floors of the structure.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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