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Highlights of 31/2009
           

Created: 8/3/2009
Author: Recorded by: Andy BILLINGHAM, Iveta FIALOVA
Category: 31/2009



John H. Goodish and USS Corporation Vice Presidents visit Kosice

On August 4th and 5th U. S. Steel Kosice was visited by members of the executive management of the United States Steel Corporation from Pittsburgh, led by Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer John H. Goodish. The group included Vice Presidents John H. Price and Joseph R. Scherrbaum, as well as Gregory A. Zovko and Carlee J. Vargo from the Corporation's marketing section. First the guests had a meeting with U. S. Steel Kosice President George F. Babcoke and other members of the Kosice steelworks management, and then on Thursday afternoon they toured the Company's operations. They looked round blast furnace no.1 from the charging gear through to the casting hall, and they were interested in the work on the gas scrubbers and the furnace itself, where they are currently removing the old charge.
The managers' tour continued in the Finishing Division. They stopped off at the Cold Strip Mill, where they focused their interest on the rolling processes between the 4- and 5-stand tandems and continuous annealing line no.1.
The presentations and open discussions covered a variety of current strategic issues and included an extensive discussion about recent trends in company and steel industry safety, cost reduction results, cash conservation, implementation of the FEO project and commercial and operating strategy among other topics. The guests departed from Kosice early on Thursday, August 6th, accompanied by General Manager U. S. Steel Serbia Matthew B. Perkins, to visit the Serbian operations of U. S. Steel Europe.

Kosice steelmakers' gift to children in the Podolinec Children's Home

Last Wednesday, August 5th, the wives of the President of U. S. Steel Kosice and the General Manager U. S. Steel Serbia, Kathleen Babcoke and Nadezda Perkins, visited the Children's Home in Podolinec. They delighted the children with gifts of T-shirts, candies and posters of the HC Kosice ice-hockey team. The boys in the Home not only love hockey, but they play as well, and they have gained very good placings in various school competitions, so they were overjoyed to receive some sports gear they have been dreaming of - twenty top-quality hockey-sticks. The Kosice steelmakers know the Podolinec children in another way too. Many of those who joined in the Wishing Trees project surely have little carved wooden angels at home, which were made for the U. S. Steel Kosice employees by the skilled hands of the Home's proteges.

Stretch foil wins customers' praise

The packaging of sheets in elastic, so-called "stretch" foil, which protects the material hermetically from external effects, is winning the praise of U. S. Steel Kosice's customers. This automatic type of packaging has been developed by the steel company's subsidiary OBAL-SERVIS a.s. Kosice in cooperation with several of our specialist units, especially the Customer Technical Services section, and it is being used successfully for packaging tinplate sheet stacks and coils.

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