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Luptak Named CEO of Ohio Coatings Company

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Ohio Coatings Company, a joint venture between Esmark Inc., and South Korea's TCC Steel, has appointed David Luptak as its CEO. Luptak has been serving as CEO of Esmark Industrial Group. Luptak succeeds Jim Tennant, who is retiring at the end of the month after a 40-year career.

Luptak joined Esmark Inc., in 2006 when Esmark acquired Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel. At that time, and for several years as part of the Esmark enterprise, he served as president and COO of Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel. Later he served as executive vice president of mill operations for Esmark, Inc., before being named Esmark Industrial Group CEO and chief legal counsel.

“Dave has been a valued member of the Esmark team for more than 15 years. His extensive experience in mill operations, legal counsel, and management will benefit OCC as we continue to pursue our goals to reduce costs and increase production,” said James P. Bouchard, chairman and CEO of Esmark Inc.

Tennant was named president of OCC, an Esmark Inc., subsidiary located in Yorkville, Ohio, in 2005 and helped the company grow into a leader in tin plate production technology and a worldwide supplier of electrolytic tin plate used in end products such as sanitary food cans and aerosol cans. He guided the company through periods of great transformation and upheaval, including ownership changes and supply chain challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are immensely grateful for everything Jim has done for OCC and Esmark over the years. We wish him well in his retirement,” said Bouchard.

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