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Highlights of 35/2005
           

Created: 8/29/2005
Author: Compiled by: Andy BILLINGHAMKamila DEMKOVA
Category: 35/2005



U. S. Steel Kosice President David H. Lohr visits Refrako

On Wednesday afternoon last week, U. S. Steel Kosice President David H. Lohr paid a working visit to Refrako together with Vice-president Strategic Implementation Anton Jura. This company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of U. S. Steel Kosice, and the only one whose commercial activities are based on manufacturing. Personally viewing the company's operations, the President familiarized himself with its production schedule, activities and plans for the future.
Accompanied by Refrako's Managing Director Gabriel Torhany and Commercial Manager Juraj Mondik, the USSK top managers first visited the Firebrick Plant, whose production schedule consists of making top-quality high-alumina fireclay and refractory concrete bricks and blocks and powdered aluminosilicate metallurgical and insulation materials, as well as a wide range of other building products used in the linings of steelmaking furnaces and converters. The plant is thriving thanks to the company's good sales and marketing policies, where quality is the keynote and the priority is to succeed despite the hard competition.
There is great interest in the Firebrick Plant's products at home and abroad, mainly in the neighboring Czech Republic, but also in Russia. Refrako was recently successful with their tender for a contract to supply refractory materials for steelmaking in the U. S. Steel Corporation. This will make the ompany the principal supplier of these materials for the works in Kosice and Serbia, and in the case of the USA, exclusive supplier of magnesia building materials for the Edgar Thompson operation at the Mon Valley Works and firebrick products for cokery plants throughout the Corporation.

Talent Night is on Friday this week

Preparations for the final evening of Talent Night are in full swing. This will be taking place on Friday this week, September 2nd, in the State Theater Kosice, and as well as the finalists' performances there will be appearances by other well-known showbiz figures. A magnificent public show will be going on concurrently on the Main Street, where in addition to the entertainment program a great competition for super prizes will be prepared for the audience. The main prize draw is set for 6.30 pm at the Main Street stage, and the whole event will end with a huge fireworks display.

USSK Summer Olympiad starts

Friday and Saturday this week will also see the USSK Summer Olympiad taking place, one of the employees' favorite events. The opening ceremony is planned for 3.15 pm on Friday at the Technical University Stadium in Kosice. Skittlers, tennis-players, athletes and cyclists have together recorded the biggest ever participation in terms of the number of entries for the competitions.

In memory of September 11th

The Kosice State Philharmonia is opening its doors to connoisseurs of music early this year, on Monday, September 12th, with a pre-season concert in memory of the events of September 11th four years ago in the USA. The concert is being held under the auspices of the United States Embassy in the Slovak Republic. The Kosice State Philharmonia is conducted by Donald L. Appert, and the guest soprano will be Linda Appert. The concert starts at 7 pm in the House of Art, Dom umenia.

Students meet managers

During the summer USSK made it possible for young college students to take part in a paid work experience scheme (internships) at the steelworks. Last Friday the summer internship participants joined company management representatives for a working meeting at which the students presented their impressions from their work experience. They stated generally that even temporary work for such a big firm had become a valuable source of new knowledge for their further studies.

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