James P. Bouchard and Esmark Mourn the Loss of Steel Industry Great Tom Conway

SEWICKLEY, Pa.; September 26, 2023 – On Monday, September 25, 2023, the United Steel Workers (USW) announced that International President Tom Conway has died. Esmark, Inc. Founder, Chairman and CEO James P. Bouchard expresses his and the company’s deepest sorrow at the unexpected loss of one of the steel industry’s most reputable leaders.

“I’ve known and worked with Tom since the 1990s, and while the industry has lost a devout leader and advocate, I have lost a dear friend,” said Bouchard. “From his earliest days in the USW to present day, Tom fought for every worker in every city at every company, and he did so with transparency and respect for all.”

Esmark, Inc.’s Illinois and Ohio facilities, and respective employees, are USW unions.

“Over the last few decades, Tom and I worked closely together to ensure that our people were taken care of, and that hard work led to a strong friendship,“ Bouchard continued. “We were just texting last month regarding our mutual respect for each other and our close working relationship and friendship. Our hearts go out to Tom’s family, the USW, and all USW steelworkers.”

Complete final texts between Bouchard and Conway:

Bouchard: “We will remain friends despite the outcome !! I actually enjoy meeting with Leo, Dave, and you in person = you are good people !!”

Conway: “You too Jim.”

Today, Esmark, Inc. is a diversified, privately-held family company with a portfolio of industrial companies with strong roots in the steel industry. Over the years, Esmark has diversified its interests and operations into a number of businesses engaged in the industrial and commodity sectors. Esmark (a former publicly traded company on NASDAQ: ESMK) has focused on several key industries including steel services, oil and gas exploration, aviation, real estate, professional services, technology and youth sports development.

Esmark Steel Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Esmark, Inc., is one of the United States’ leading processors and distributors of value-added flat-rolled steel and its affiliate is the third-largest U.S. producer of tin plate steel.

About Esmark, Inc.

Esmark, Inc. is a diversified, privately-held family company with a portfolio of industrial companies with strong roots in the steel industry. Over the years, Esmark has diversified its interests and operations into a number of businesses engaged in the industrial and commodity sectors. Esmark (a former publicly traded company on NASDAQ: ESMK) has focused on several key industries including steel services, oil and gas exploration, aviation, real estate, professional services, technology and youth sports development. The company is also an active corporate citizen in the communities it serves, having committed more than $10 million in philanthropic support of a wide range of humanitarian, education, family wellness and youth sports programs in Pennsylvania, Illinois and internationally. esmark.com