Andy BILLINGHAM, Kamila DEMKOVA
U. S. Steel Kosice - Company of the Year for the second time
Annual Prizes for extraordinary business achievements were awarded in Bratislava on Tuesday evening by TREND economic weekly. Just as last year U. S. Steel
Kosice, s.r.o. has become the Company of the Year again. Only one more company was able to uphold its victory in this category. The assessment for the Company of the Year Award ranks companies
from the current TOP 200 list (two hundred biggest non-financial companies in Slovakia according to the consolidated revenues in 2005) out of which TREND evaluates the most successful each year.
U. S. Steel Kosice grant program
Since 2005 U. S. Steel Kosice has been implementing its Professionals work safely project to spread the idea of safe behavior in every situation, not only
among the Company's own employees but among young people, students and the general public as well. And now the campaign is taking on a new dimension. On Monday of this week, November 6th, USSK
President David H. Lohr held a press conference to present its continuation in the form of a grant program entitled "Safer in Schools", which is intended for schools in the Kosice and Presov
regions. The aim of this project, which should be accomplished before the end of 2007, is to introduce specific measures which will increase safety at school. The evaluating committee will be
announcing the results of the grant program in April 2007.
Blast furnaces repaired
Just recently all three of our blast furnaces underwent three-day repair operations. Following the preparatory work, the series of repairs began at BF no.2 on
Sunday, October 22nd. As a result of very good organizational preparation and coordination of the repair work itself, all the jobs were completed and blasting of the furnaces was restarted within
the scheduled period. In fact, repair work on BF no.1, the last in the schedule of repairs, was completed half a day early, on October 31st 2006.
Presentation of best works from the Ekotopfilm Festival 2006
Yesterday, November 7th, a collection of the most successful works from the 33rd edition of the annual international festival of specialist films Ekotopfilm 2006 was
transferred from Bratislava to Kosice. For the fifth time now, thanks to U. S. Steel Kosice sponsorship, the people of Kosice and visitors to our city have the chance to visit the
auditorium of the historic Town Hall and see the some of the world's best audio-visual creations dealing with issues of ecology and permanently-sustainable development. The presentation of
Festival films in Kosice, enhanced with an accompanying program of seminars, continues until tomorrow, Thursday, November 9th 2006.
Wishing Trees again this year
Last year a great response among the employees of U. S. Steel Kosice and its subsidiaries was stimulated by the Wishing Trees, created on the initiative of
Susan Lohr, wife of USSK President David H. Lohr, and set up at four points around the steelworks premises. A similar project is being prepared by the Company this year as well, and once again
the Wishing Trees will be appearing in four places around the works from 13th November. Everyone who wishes to help children in homes in this way will be able to take one, two or even more cards
from a tree, purchase the gift indicated on each card in whichever shop they choose, take it to one of the two collection points to 4th December, and thus fulfill one or more of the wishes coming
from a particular children's home.
Trades unionists on the topic of occupational safety
The independent Christian trades union in Slovakia Kovo-Metal together with trades unions Metalurg and Kovo, and in cooperation wiith U. S. Steel Kosice,
organized a seminar for their members a few days ago on the topic of occupational safety and health protection. The participants very much appreciated the standard of the seminar, and recommended
that it should be organized as a joint event by the trades unions to take place every year. It is the aim of all the union organizations operating at the steelworks to share jointly, and in
partnership with the Company as employer, in bringing about improvements in the field of occupational safety.