Union leaders still have hope Hamilton steel company can be saved
Even though a Hamilton steel mill has been officially transferred to a liquidator, union leaders at Hamilton Specialty Bar still think there's a chance their company won't be sold for scrap.
They discussed those hopes at a meeting of the union members Tuesday night.
Monday was the deadline for the company to be kept alive by a last-minute bid. But that bidder failed to present a "going concern" offer to a judge Monday morning.
But Mickey Mercanti, president of the United Steelworkers Local 4752 that represents about 200 workers at the plant, said the liquidator is in talks with that bidder to see if a sale can still be arranged.
The company has been in trouble since January, when its doors were suddenly shut and its operations sent into a receivership under the control of a trustee.
The company also employed about 50 salaried workers. Another 400 retired workers and their families are also affected.
Mercanti said whatever will happen has to take place in about the next month, but he expects to know even sooner whether the company will be saved.
"Hopefully good things will happen," he said. "We'll know soon."