Wednesday, June 24, 2009
1926: Gilmore Steel incorporated in California.
1987: Renamed Oregon Steel Mill.
1988: Goes public.
1993: Buys steel mill in Colorado.
Late 1990s: Peaks at over 2,700 employees.
2004: Swings to a $117 million profit, tops $1 billion in sales, earns shareholders 11% return on investment.
2005: Tops Columbia Sportswear and Tektronix to become Oregon’s sixth-largest public company by revenue.
January 2007: Bought for $2.3 billion by Russian conglomerate Evraz, controlled by billionaire oligarch Roman Abramovich.
March 2008: Abramovich, who also owns a fleet of planes, yachts and limos as well as a British soccer team, is listed by Forbes as the world’s 15th-richest person, worth $24.3 billion.
Jan.-July 2008: Evraz sales rise 78% to $10.7 billion; profits soar 82% to $2 billion.
Sept. 2008: Steel prices collapse.
Sept. 30, 2008: Evraz debt hits $10.2 billion.
October: Bloomberg estimates Abramovich lost $20 billion in five months.
November 2008: Russia’s state bank, controlled by Vladimir Putin, lends Evraz over $2 billion in bailout funds to pay taxes and refinance debt.
Jan 2009: New Evraz CEO Alexander Frolov takes responsibility for day-to-day operations in North America as well as Russia and announces plans to seek synergies.
April 2009: Evraz announces 225 layoffs in Portland, adding to 130 lost jobs in 2008.
May 2009: Metal Bulletin, a trade journal, reports Evraz plans to idle its Portland mill for at least two weeks this summer.
May 2009: Abramovich’s spokesmen deny rumors that the billionaire lost a yacht in a poker game in Barcelona.
June 2009: Moody’s considers downgrading Evraz’s credit rating for the second time in six months, endangering cash flow..