Andy BILLINGHAMKamila DEMKOVA
American Investment Analysts visiting USSK
On Monday, June 12, 2006 a group of American Investment Analysts visited U. S. Steel Kosice, s.r.o. During their meeting company top management reviewed
them with company history, business principles, production program, USS Europe commercial strategy and target markets as well as investment activities focused on automotive industry. As part of
their visit, the analysts toured key production facilities including the Steel Shop, the Hot Rolling and Cold Rolling Mills and the Hot Dip Galvanizing line III that is currently under
construction. The tour was conducted by top USSK management including President David H. Lohr.
Slovakia has an outstanding reputation abroad
Another in their series of business breakfasts was organized last week by the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosice. The business people who attended heard
presentations by United States Deputy Ambassador in Slovakia Lawrence R. Silverman, who also visited U. S. Steel Kosice on Monday of last week, American Chamber of Commerce Executive
Director Jake Slegers, and by Kosice Self-governing Region Chairman Zdenko Trebula, who stated that much of the credit for this region's development must clearly go to U. S. Steel
Lawrence R. Silverman confirmed his Embassy's interest in building up contacts with the East Slovakian region, and in promoting this part of Slovakia among foreign
investors. As he said, Slovakia has an outstanding reputation in North America, and the country's status in the international forum is constantly rising. Joining in the discussions at the meeting
on the main priorities for regional development was also USSK Vice-president and National Association of Employers President Anton Jura.
Language School Star 2006
The second edition of the annual competition Language School Star 2006 to find the best foreign language student, organized by the Education and Consultancy Center
(VaPC, a.s.), has just produced some winners. On Friday of last week, June 9th, the Hradna Brana (Castle Gate) Hotel in Bratislava was the venue for the grand gala evening featuring the
announcement of the competition results. First place was taken by Katarina Koscikova from U. S. Steel Kosice, who won a sight-seeing trip to England including air tickets worth 40 000
SKK as well as valuable foreign-language literature.
Balloons over Kosice again
From Wednesday to Sunday this week the skies above Kosice will again be full of brightly-colored hot-air balloons. During the 13th edition of the annual
International Balloon Fiesta, otherwise known as U. S. Steel Balloon Cup Kosice, we will be seeing twenty balloons and one airship from Holland, Spain, Poland, Hungary, the Czech
Republic and of course also from Slovakia.
This year's Balloon Fiesta also features a wealth of associated events - early-morning flights over downtown Kosice starting around half past six from Liberators
Square, and late-afternoon flights also around six thirty together with an entertainment program in the parking lot of the Optima Mall. This will also be the venue at 7.30 on Friday evening for
the Evening Balloon Show, which culminates in night-time balloon inflating and a fireworks display, and again on Saturday, June 17th, at 4pm the Optima Mall car-park will be the place for a
children's entertainment afternoon with a number of different attractions. One interesting fact is that precisely 100 years ago on June 14th 1906, Kosce witnessed its first balloon flight.
Finalists will also be appearing at Anicka
As many as 62 tennis players from the ranks of USSK management came to Kosice's Municipal Park tennis courts last Friday to take part in the tournament called
U. S. Steel Kosice Open 2006. First place was taken for the second time in this managers' tournament by the pair Miroslav Maďar and Juraj Bolf, who originally triumphed together at the
tennis net back in 2004. In addition to their cups and medals, the finalists also received invitations to play in the VIP competition which is part of the Steelers Cup tournament at Anicka on
Saturday, June 17th 2006.