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Highlights of 28/2005

Created: 7/11/2005
Author: Compiled by: Andy BILLINGHAMKamila DEMKOVA
Category: 28/2005

Charge d'affaires Scott N. Thayer in Kosice again

The Charge d'affaires at the Embassy of the USA in Bratislava Scott N. Thayer recently took part personally in the ground-breaking and foundation stone laying ceremony for the building of the new galvanizing line at U. S. Steel Kosice. Last week, on the invitation of the American Chamber of Commerce and accompanied by its Executive Director Jake Slegers, he visited Kosice once again to meet managers and business-people from Kosice companies at a working breakfast.
This was also attended by U. S. Steel Kosice President David H. Lohr, Vice-presidents Miroslav Kiralvarga, Peter Richardson and James Connor, and General Counsel Kenneth Pepperney. Scott Thayer spoke of further prospects for Slovak-American relations, assessed the position of Slovakia following accession to the European Union, and reconsidered the visit of US President George Bush to Slovakia. He also praised Slovakia's successes in implementing reforms. As he said, it is also thanks to them that Slovakia is constantly developing, and by establishing proper conditions for business, the country is becoming increasingly attractive for foreign investors.
He also said that the expectations he brought with him to Slovakia have been fulfilled, because on his travels around the country he has personally met many capable and committed managers, and this has convinced him that Slovakia has every chance of being more and more successful.

Foundation stone for new production plant laid in Kechnec

On Thursday, July 7th, a further significant capital investment project got under way in our region. At Kechnec Industrial Park the foundation stone was laid for the new production operation of Getrag Ford Transmission Slovakia s.r.o. The company is setting up a modern plant here for making dual-clutch type and motorcycle gearboxes.
For this region of high unemployment this means an injection of around 750 new job opportunities, as well as others which will be created elsewhere as a consequence of the new operation. This investment project is going to cost approximately 300 million euro, but the annual revenues are expected to reach 300 to 400 million euro, and nearly all of the production will be intended for export. The foundation stone was laid by the Slovak Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda, Getrag Corporate Group President Tobias Hagenmeyer, Sario Agency General Director Roman Kuruc and Kechnec village council chairman Jozef Konkoly.
Among the guests at the Getrag Ford Transmissions foundation stone laying ceremony were U. S. Steel Kosice President David H. Lohr, Vice-president Operations Scott C. Pape, other entrepreneurs from the Kosice region, and council leaders from the surrounding villages, including the neighboring villages in Hungary, who came to witness this notable event.

The world knows about us

Poznan, Moscow, Berlin - in recent days U. S. Steel Kosice has presented itself at international trade fairs in these three cities. During the first half of this year our steelmaking company has promoted its products at a total of twelve events of this type.

Writer at InfoUSA

The InfoUSA Center in Kosice is preparing many interesting events for the general public, including students, research workers and Slovak business people. In the last few days the Center's invitation to give a lecture combined with reading of original work followed by a discussion on the topic of the holocaust was accepted by American writer Howard Wolf. This event took place at the InfoUSA Center on the premises of the State Research Library in Kosice, and it was attended by a good number of Kosice people who are interested in the difficult subject of the holocaust.


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