United Steelworkers have reached a contract agreement with Canton Ohio based SBQ leader Republic Steel. United Steelworkers District 1 Director Mr Donnie Blatt said “Members of Local 1200 in Canton ratified a new contract with the company on 10 January. The five-year deal includes wage increases, improvements to workers' vacation schedules and a plant-wide production bonus that will enable employees to make more money if they hit specific operational goals. It's going to be up to the company on some improvements they have to make on whether or not our employees will be able to hit those goals. We've been talking to them about making those improvements and making sure that our employees can be productive to get the extra benefit out of the plant-wide production bonus.”Negotiations between United Steelworkers and Republic Steel started in June 2022. Both parties had to return to the bargaining table after union members rejected a contract proposal on 29 November 2022The union represents about 500 workers across four facilities. It is part of United Steelworkers District 1, which encompasses Ohio and Michigan.Republic Steel traces its roots back to 1886, with the establishment of Berger Manufacturing in Canton in Ohio. Berger later became part of Republic Steel Corp, the sprawling steelmaker organized by financier Mr Cyrus Eaton in 1930. In 1984, Republic Steel merged with LTV Cor.'s Jones & Laughlin division to form LTV Steel. In 1989, an employee stock ownership plan bought LTV's steel bar division and renamed it Republic Engineered Steels, marking one of the largest employee ownership transactions in industrial history. In 1998, RES and Bar Technologies combined to form Republic Technologies International, which approximately one year later acquired the steel bar business of USS/KOBE Steel in Lorain in Ohio. Republic Engineered Products was established in December 2003 with the purchase of operating assets from Republic Engineered Products. The company was acquired in July 2005 by Industrias CH, a rapidly growing steel producer and processor based in Mexico City. Republic Steel is a subsidiary of Grupo Simec, Guadalajara, Mexico, of which ICH is the majority owner.The Lorain facility, located along the Black River, has a rich history dating back to 1895, when Thomas Johnson constructed the Johnson Steel Street Rail Company mill in just 10 months. Throughout its history, the plant has operated under several names, including Johnson Steel, Lorain Steel, National Tube Company of US Steel and Lorain Cuyahoga Works of US Steel, before becoming USS/KOBE in 1989.Republic Steel now operates the best steel bar and other steel making facilities of these companies and is well positioned to write its own promising history.