Lakeside Steel wants to buy U.S. Steel Canada

There are 20 comments on the The Victoria Star story from Aug 12, 2009, titled Lakeside Steel wants to buy U.S. Steel Canada. In it, The Victoria Star reports that:

Canada's big steelmakers the former Stelco, pictured, Dofasco, Algoma Steel and Ipsco have all been acquired in recent years by foreign companies in a wave of consolidation in the global steel industry.

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Billy

Mount Pleasant, TX

#1 Aug 15, 2009
IF LAKESIDE STEEL WANT TO BUY A STEEL OPERATION FROM US STEEL,SENT THE LAKESIDE CORPORATION TO THE UNITED STATES TO TEXAS AND BUY UNITED STATES STEEL TUBULAR PRODUCT /TEXAS OPERATIONS , FORMERLY OWNED BY LONE STAR STEEL CORP FOR MANY YEARS. THE STEEL PLANT IN NORTHEAST TEXAS IDLED BY USS SINCE FEBURARY.NO ORDERS HAVE BEEN IN THE BOOK ALL SUMMER LONG AND HUNDREDS OF WORKERS ARE STILL LAIDOFF.IF LAKESIDE STEEL INTERESTED IN BUYING ANOTHER STEEL PLANT TRAVEL TO THE STATES AND BUY USS TEXAS OPERATION. A CORPORATION NEED TO BUY THAT STEEL PLANT THAT IS GOING TO USE IT AND NOT COLLECT DUST OR ROT DOWN TO THE GROUND OR A TAX WRITEOFF.TEXAS OPRERATION PRODUCE ,TUBULAR PIPES FOR OIL AND GAS WELLS AND LINE PIPES.TEXAS OPERATIONS HAS 2 ELECTRIC WELDERS TO SEAM PIPES TOGETHER AND HEAT TREAT PIPES DEPARTMENT, FINISHING DEPARTMENT WITH A TESTER,THREADER,PIPE CUTTING MACHINES FOR LARGE AND SMALL PIPES.TEXAS OPERATION USE TO PRODUCE AND MAKE THEIR OWN STEEL AT THE THEIR ELECTRIC ARC FURNACE FOR STEEL SLABS AND ROLLING MILLS TO ROLL HOT COILS FOR THEIR WELDERS, BUT USS IDLED IT AND CLOSE IT DOWN FOR GOOD PUTTING HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES THEIR OUT OF WORK AND THEM OFF.THAT JUST WHAT UNITED STATES STEEL CORP DO.SO IF LAKESIDE STEEL WANT TO BUY A STEEL PLANT FROM UNITED STATES STEEL,MAYBE THEY WANT TO TAKE COME AND VISIT USS TEXAS OPERATION, HOPEFULLY THEY MAYBE INTERESTED IN BUYING THE IDLED STEEL PLANT.
pushed down and kicked

Wyandotte, MI

#2 Aug 15, 2009
I think unless you work at Gary Works most of the USS employees wishes they could get out under USS ownership. I work at GLW and man have they been giving as a hard road to travel. We even supported the purchase of our mill in court.I Wish I could go back in time. This has to be the worst company in the states to work for!
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#3 Aug 15, 2009
I definatly feel for you Texans and you guys at GLW..but im sorry as a Canadian steelworker also laid off Im gonna say no way..we Canadians should get first consideration as almost everything naturally Canadian has been sold out from under us..we have virtually no national identity in resource and now manufacturing and we will soon be running scared from giants such as the Chinese and India who are poised to take over as the economic powerhouses.There is a growing concern u.s. steel bought us to simply remove the competition and companies such as Toyota[which gary works recently screwed up}and Honda are very disappointed they cannot get steel from the former Stelco.There are also feelings that there is some protectionism going on and that may be why we have not been fired up..however u.s. steel is shipping finished steel up here to Canada..so in closing again I feel for you guys but this is definately time to put Canadians first..hope you guys can escape the big blue bully..peace
pushed down and kicked

Wyandotte, MI

#4 Aug 15, 2009
mayday wrote:
I definatly feel for you Texans and you guys at GLW..but im sorry as a Canadian steelworker also laid off Im gonna say no way..we Canadians should get first consideration as almost everything naturally Canadian has been sold out from under us..we have virtually no national identity in resource and now manufacturing and we will soon be running scared from giants such as the Chinese and India who are poised to take over as the economic powerhouses.There is a growing concern u.s. steel bought us to simply remove the competition and companies such as Toyota[which gary works recently screwed up}and Honda are very disappointed they cannot get steel from the former Stelco.There are also feelings that there is some protectionism going on and that may be why we have not been fired up..however u.s. steel is shipping finished steel up here to Canada..so in closing again I feel for you guys but this is definately time to put Canadians first..hope you guys can escape the big blue bully..peace
I wish you well! I admired how your country has stuck up for the working class Joe! Again this is the worst company to work for so good luck.
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#5 Aug 16, 2009
pushed down and kicked wrote:
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I wish you well! I admired how your country has stuck up for the working class Joe! Again this is the worst company to work for so good luck.
thank you..however I am not gonna celebrate yet as I dont think u.s.s will let us go without a helluva fight..they dont mind spending money to ruin a company and its employees..imagine what they could do if they spent that effort on good employee relations..I think its terrible how an American company could screw a hardworking American and shudder to think what they will do to a hardworking Canadian..p.s. its great to be able to talk to American steelworkers who are in the same boat and feel the same as us Canadians
ironmike229

Blissfield, MI

#6 Aug 16, 2009
pushed down and kicked wrote:
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I wish you well! I admired how your country has stuck up for the working class Joe! Again this is the worst company to work for so good luck.
This is not a Canadian or American thing, this is a North American thing. You are our friendly neighbors who share our rivers and lakes. Iwill post this link from Lou Dobbs from a few months ago. We all need to get up and running and close off our shorelines to overseas exporting thousands of tons of steel. Your government has stood up to US Steel , But watch this video and see the truth. Where was your government then when they allowed Trans Canada to import all this pipeline?
http://www.cnn.com/video/...
lake erie steeler

Stoney Creek, Canada

#7 Aug 17, 2009
Great video Iron Mike, you are right, North Americans have to stick together. We have to
write to our goivernment reps, vote, and nothing has a greater effect then protesting in the street.We all have to get involved, it's not going to be easy.
ironmike229

Blissfield, MI

#8 Aug 17, 2009
lake erie steeler wrote:
Great video Iron Mike, you are right, North Americans have to stick together. We have to
write to our goivernment reps, vote, and nothing has a greater effect then protesting in the street.We all have to get involved, it's not going to be easy.
Everything has gone global, why cant the common working man. Greedy business men self serving politions have done this to us all. I understand Your parliament has stood up against US Steel and demands to be paid or reopened, but during this downturn there was no product to be made anywhere. The light is at the end of the tunnel though and we will all be united again.
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#9 Aug 17, 2009
we cant go global..if anything we should be stopping like you said all foriegn imports from any third world country..such as china and india for starters because we cannot compete with thier low labour costs,lack of environment and pollution laws and lastly thier general disregard for safety.These countries care nothing about undercutting us with inferior and sometimes equal in quality product..its time to stop hand-holding these countries because as of late they have proven themselves fully capable and in fact dangerous to our economy..[china graduates 900,000 engineers a year to use as an indication]and I agree our govt should have stepped up before on this issue including our fresh water,our lumber and the oil sands.I for one am praying on my job at Stelco returning and have no problem telling anyone who will listen of how proud I was to be lucky enough to work there..p.s..just curious..how many u.s.steel mills are still down in America?
pushed down and kicked

Wyandotte, MI

#10 Aug 17, 2009
mayday wrote:
we cant go global..if anything we should be stopping like you said all foriegn imports from any third world country..such as china and india for starters because we cannot compete with thier low labour costs,lack of environment and pollution laws and lastly thier general disregard for safety.These countries care nothing about undercutting us with inferior and sometimes equal in quality product..its time to stop hand-holding these countries because as of late they have proven themselves fully capable and in fact dangerous to our economy..[china graduates 900,000 engineers a year to use as an indication]and I agree our govt should have stepped up before on this issue including our fresh water,our lumber and the oil sands.I for one am praying on my job at Stelco returning and have no problem telling anyone who will listen of how proud I was to be lucky enough to work there..p.s..just curious..how many u.s.steel mills are still down in America?
At GLW we are said to not be on idle status anymore. Still we have around 700 workers that were recalled while over 1000 are still out on the streets. In my eyes they really shouldn't be saying they are out of the idle status when more then half of the workers are not recalled. The Steel making departments are running while the finishing and support departments are not operational. This company is so cunning. It's good for the PR to look operational I guess, but really they are not.
ironmike229

Blissfield, MI

#11 Aug 17, 2009
mayday wrote:
we cant go global..if anything we should be stopping like you said all foriegn imports from any third world country..such as china and india for starters because we cannot compete with thier low labour costs,lack of environment and pollution laws and lastly thier general disregard for safety.These countries care nothing about undercutting us with inferior and sometimes equal in quality product..its time to stop hand-holding these countries because as of late they have proven themselves fully capable and in fact dangerous to our economy..[china graduates 900,000 engineers a year to use as an indication]and I agree our govt should have stepped up before on this issue including our fresh water,our lumber and the oil sands.I for one am praying on my job at Stelco returning and have no problem telling anyone who will listen of how proud I was to be lucky enough to work there..p.s..just curious..how many u.s.steel mills are still down in America?
Very true Mayday, until we level the playing field globaly, we are going to be battling the influx of exported products. I was only saying in theory it would be nice if we could globaly stand up to the Man.
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#12 Aug 18, 2009
I agree with you too Ironmike..however if this goes on another 6mths I too will face bankruptcy and will lose both vehicles and my house that I have worked very hard for..I will admit that at this time I am very frustrated and feel that I am caught in an undertow of despair that shows no signs of weakening..so forgive my rhetoric and anomsity..its not directed at my fellow steelworkers but at the dirty corprate pigs like u.s.steel and the politions who enable them.This makes it hard for me to care about global well being..I say screw them and let north America prosper..good luck and hope your back in the pits making pellets soon
DBCouper

Salem, MI

#13 Aug 21, 2009
Dont worry they wont sell
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#14 Aug 21, 2009
DBCouper wrote:
Dont worry they wont sell
i tend to agree..they are pr#cks[us steel]
boromike

Montréal, Canada

#15 Aug 27, 2009
USS-Less as far as I am concerned. I've worked in steel companies for 35 years, 28 at Stelco. I have never seen a worse run, disorganised company in all that time. My greatest impression of the management style is "if they think, then supress them". Looking forward to the day I join the ranks of the "Social Welfare (retiree ranks)"
Wolseley

Hamilton, Canada

#16 Aug 27, 2009
I really cant see lakeside getting the chance to buy USS Canada.Our government has no backbone...and would never order the sale of the former Stelco.Its a nice dream.I would love nothing better than to throw those Orange coats and pants in the garbage..and get my old blue coveralls back.This is going to be a long battle for us at Lake Erie Works...concessions are not the answer.Good to see the Hamilton/Hilton works plant making steel again in the morning.Cheers and take care.
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#17 Aug 28, 2009
well something must be done to rid our country of such blatent locusts..this is just a game for the courts and becuase they cannot get thier other facilities up fast enough..was just on the GLW site blog and they are saying hold on to Canada long enough to get them going then dump us..Congrats to the Hamilton guys..hopefully you dont have to deal with u.s. d*ckheads at contract time..your support right now for LEW would not be forgotten when its your turn
justaworker

Taylor, MI

#18 Aug 28, 2009
mayday wrote:
well something must be done to rid our country of such blatent locusts..this is just a game for the courts and becuase they cannot get thier other facilities up fast enough..was just on the GLW site blog and they are saying hold on to Canada long enough to get them going then dump us..Congrats to the Hamilton guys..hopefully you dont have to deal with u.s. d*ckheads at contract time..your support right now for LEW would not be forgotten when its your turn
NO matter where you work and for who you work that remark from a GLW was ignorant and uncalled for..in these times you dont post something like that to unemployed people who are struggling ..this is just my imput ..good luck to all workers both Candian and American ..
glwwife

Redford, MI

#19 Aug 28, 2009
Not one employee I know would be wanting to rid themselves of theire canadian counter parts. You guys are all dealing with the s**t from USS. Hopefully we are back across the board. USS is trying to do what the UAW and CAW gave into. I understand it kept most of them working but I see many other unionized companies trying this crap in the near future. Good luck to all. God Bless.
mayday

Hamilton, Canada

#20 Aug 28, 2009
justaworker wrote:
<quoted text>NO matter where you work and for who you work that remark from a GLW was ignorant and uncalled for..in these times you dont post something like that to unemployed people who are struggling ..this is just my imput ..good luck to all workers both Candian and American ..
thank you for your support..As always I realize those comments are from a small minority that would be fit for upper managements way of backwards thinking..I too hope that all people unfortunate enough to have to deal with us steal can get back to providing for thier families..steelworkers for steelworkers

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