Stelco

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Stelco
subsidiary
Industry Steel milling
Founded 1910 as Steel Company of Canada (Stelco)
Founder Charles S. Wilcox
Headquarters Hamilton, Ontario, Nanticoke, Ontario
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Mike McQuade, general manager and president
Products Hot-rolled steel
cold-rolled steel
galvanized steel sheet
special bar quality
green steel
ore mining
Number of employees
2,000
Website US Steel Canada

Stelco (known as U.S. Steel Canada from 2007 to 2016) is a steel company based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Stelco was founded in 1910 from several smaller firms. It continued on for almost 100 years, until it filed for bankruptcy in 2007 and was bought by U.S. Steel. In 2016, an agreement was reached to sell the company to Bedrock Industries of the United States.

The Hamilton plant has not produced steel since 2011, but its coke ovens and cold rolling finishing works remain in operation. The company employs about 750 people in the Hamilton plant and 1,400 in Nanticoke, Ontario.[1]

History[edit]

The Steel Company of Canada was established in 1910. It was founded after the merging of the Hamilton Steel and Iron Company (1900) with the Canada Screw Company (1866), Montreal Rolling Mills (1868), the Dominion Wire Manufacturing Company (1883) and the Canada Bolt and Nut Company.[2][3][4] Charles S. Wilcox, president of the Hamilton Steel and Iron Company at the time of the consolidation, was appointed the first president of Stelco. He held the position until 1916, continuing on with the company as chairman of the board until his death in 1938.[5]

Hamilton Waterfront Trail, Stelco in background

Several union drives at the plant were unsuccessful, until the founding strike of Local 1005 of the United Steelworkers of America in 1946.

In 2004, Stelco had financial difficulties and went under court-ordered protection from its creditors, including the Deutsche Bank. Stelco exited Companies' Creditors Arrangements Act (CCAA) protection on March 31, 2006.[6] It has divested itself of several non-core operations, including Stelwire, Norambar (formerly Stelco McMaster Works) and Welland Pipe. The CCAA exit has seen the remaining operations restructured into 9 separate operating businesses, held by the corporate entity of Stelco.

On August 27, 2007, U.S. Steel purchased Stelco for $1.9 billion – $1.1 billion in cash, and assuming $800 million in debt. The company was renamed Hamilton Works – US Steel Canada. The deal closed on October 31, 2007. The company was renamed U.S. Steel Canada Inc. and its shares were delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange.

In an effort to streamline operations, U.S. Steel announced on March 3, 2009 that it would be temporarily shutting down its Hamilton plant and most of its Lake Erie plant putting more than 2,000 people out of work. This announcement came four months after U.S. Steel laid off 700 employees at the Hamilton plant when it shut down its blast furnace.[7]

Market conditions and declining customer orders prompted U.S. Steel to shut down the Hamilton Works on October 1, 2010.[8] 100 jobs were restored when the German Max Aicher steel company bought two steel mills from US Steel, and opened them as "Max Aicher North America".[9] More jobs are expected to be created when the mills are in full production.[9] The Hamilton steel-making and iron-making operations were permanently closed on December 31, 2013.[10]

On September 16, 2014, U.S. Steel Canada announced that it would apply for court protection from its creditors.[11] US Steel then stated that it intended to sell all of its remaining operations in Hamilton in the next two months.[12]

U.S. Steel Canada was severed from U.S. Steel Corporation in 2015 after it entered Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act protection in 2014.[13] In November 2016, a deal was struck to sell U.S. Steel Canada to Bedrock Industries.

On December 2, 2016, the company took the "Stelco" name again.[14]

Environmental impact[edit]

Many of its main buildings in the north end of Hamilton are built on reclaimed or infilled land, which harmed the drainage of Hamilton and the water ecology of Hamilton Harbour[citation needed].

Operations[edit]

In addition to the main Hilton Works, named after the late company president Hugh Hilton, and the Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke on Lake Erie, until the 2006 restructuring Stelco's operations also included Stelco McMaster Works in Contrecœur, Quebec, and Stelwire (both acquired by ArcelorMittal in 2006). The Nanticoke plant was notable because it is of a relatively modern design, and uses far less water.

Stelco Tower, associated with Lloyd D. Jackson Square in downtown Hamilton, had an office building for the company and others since the 1970s, but has been completely vacated by Stelco and renamed 100 King St. West.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CBC News "'Making Stelco great again': A Hamilton steel company changes its name back", by Kelly Bennett, 2 December 2016
  2. ^ Sawyer, Deborah C. (7 February 2006). "Stelco Inc". www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/. Historica Canada. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Watson, Thomas (7 April 2011). "The Ode: Stelco (1910 – 2010)". Canadian Business Journal. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Stelco Timeline: A story of booms, busts and back again". Hamilton Spectator. 27 August 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Namesakes: Wilcox Street". Hamilton Spectator. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Stelco's path to takeover". Toronto Star. 26 December 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Powell, Naomi (March 4, 2009). "Stelco's Hamilton and Lake Erie plants idled". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Blast Furnace Shut Down Again". 
  9. ^ a b German buyer firing up two shuttered U.S. Steel mills - TheSpec.com
  10. ^ Reuters (2013-10-29). "U.S. Steel to close Hamilton operations". The Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
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  13. ^ CBC News, "Restructuring officer backs proposed U.S. Steel Canada deal", by Kelly Bennett, November 2, 2016
  14. ^ CBC News "'Making Stelco great again': A Hamilton steel company changes its name back", by Kelly Bennett, 2 December 2016

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