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Highlights of 04/2006

Created: 1/30/2006
Author: Compiled by: Andy BILLINGHAMKamila DEMKOVA
Category: 04/2006

"Professionals work safely" project continues

The "Professionals work safely" project is continuing again this year. Starting from January 11th, all U. S. Steel Kosice activities connected with safety, and consequently also this project, are identified by the logo "Safety First". Up-to-date information about the project can be found at the site
In February the USSK Gallery will be holding the official opening of an exhibition where the public will be able to get to know a selection of works by young people which they entered in last year's competition organized by the steelworks focusing on the theme of safety in our lives. This exhibition will consist of photographs, graphics, videos and objects created by students of schools in the Kosice and Presov regions. The young people presenting their work come for example from the School of Applied Art in Kosice, the private secondary Art School for Film, TV and Radio Production and Technology in Kosice, and the Department of Visual Arts and Intermedia at the Faculty of Arts of the Technical University in Kosice.
Around 500 students who took part in the competition will be attending the grand opening ceremony of the new ice stadium in Kosice, taking place on February 24th this year. Their entry "ticket" to this event will be a special ice-hockey shirt inscribedd "Safety First", which they received from U. S. Steel Kosice for their active participation in the project.

Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel in Kosice consecrated on Sunday

The Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel on Main Street in Kosice was reopened for public services on Sunday, January 22nd after a decade of reconstruction work. It was reconsecrated at 4pm by His Eminence the Archbishop Metropolitan Mons. Alojz Tkac.
The act of consecration was attended by U. S. Steel Kosice President David H. Lohr with his wife Susan, Vice-presidents Anton Jura and Miroslav Kiralvarga and their wives, leading Church dignitaries from all parts of Slovakia, Kosice Self-governing Region President Zdenko Trebula and Kosice City Deputy Mayor Frantisek Knapik. Also attending were the representatives of other sponsors and foundations who have helped to finance the demanding reconstruction work on this precious piece of cultural heritage.
There was also financial assistance from various societies and foundations in German and Holland, and from Slovaks in America. The reconstruction was carried out by the company Villard, bringing together the leading Slovak restorers, architects and art specialists. The result is a chapel renovated with superlative artistic feeling, which will not only be used for the liturgy of the eucharist, but mainly for private church services, worship and holy sacraments such as christenings and weddings for the general public.
At the meeting with Church dignitaries after the consecration, Mons. Frantisek Sandor presented letters of gratitude to the biggest sponsors. USSK President David H. Lohr was personally thanked for the Kosice steelmakers' financial support for the chapel's renovation also by His Eminence the Archbishop Metropolitan Mons. Alojz Tkac.

Refrako considers last year demanding, but successful

Success in dealing with last year's demanding conditions on the market for metallurgical refractory materials is reported by Refrako, a subsidiary of U. S. Steel Kosice. In particular the successful tender for the position of principal supplier of fire-resistant building materials as part of the USS initiative for global procurement and purchasing in the USA and Europe, whose aim is to transform purchasing procedures and organizational capacities and minimize overall costs figures, is clear evidence of Refrako's efforts to make its mark on this difficut market.


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