Andy BILLINGHAM, Iveta FIALOVA
Vice President Maros Sefcovic visits steelmakers
As part of his working trip to Eastern Slovakia, last Friday, October 4, European Commission Vice President and Commissioner for Institutional Relations and
Administration Maros Sefcovic paid a short visit to U. S. Steel Kosice. Maros Sefcovic representing the Slovak Republic in Brussels, he met the Company's top managers in Kosice and
discussed issues of steelmaking in Europe, then completed his visit to the steelworks with a guided tour of several production operations.
Steel Park officially opened and handed over to the City
Last Friday, October 4, saw the official opening of the Steel Park technical and entertainment center, the result of unique cooperation between U. S. Steel
Kosice, City Hall, the Technical University of Kosice, P. J. Safarik University and the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Kosice. The originator of the idea to set up a creative factory in Kosice
which would demonstrate the story of steel through more than fifty installations, and on which a team of nearly seventy members including Kosice steelmakers, academics, technicians, designers and
other creative people from the fields of science and new media had worked for more than two years, was U. S. Steel Kosice President George F. Babcoke. "We have worked hard and long for
this day," the President told the event participants. "I remember the time in 2010 when we all met on these premises. It was an old and neglected army building. We set up the Kosice 2013+
association, whose aim was to support the successful implementation of the European Capital of Culture project and achieve its long-term sustainability," he went on, and added: "It was also at
that time that the idea of creating the Steel Park was born."
Construction of industrial and logistics park starts at Velka Ida
Eastern Slovakia is to have another, new industrial and logistics park, and it is set to develop near the village of Velka Ida, right beside the
U. S. Steel Kosice works. Last Wednesday, October 2, saw the beginning of its construction, preceded by the ceremonial tapping of the foundation stone. In addition to the investors,
this act naturally involved diplomats, delegates from the national parliament and local government, and representatives of U. S. Steel Kosice as well. The Kosice steelworks itself will
be a close neighbour of this industrial park, the distance between them being just four kilometers. The advantage of this strategic position for development is confirmed by the proximity of main
transport arteries (interstate road E50 and railroad), as well as Kosice airport. The industrial park already has its own first investor too, the company IEE Sensing Slovakia, which is involved
in the production of sensors for the automobile industry.
USSK Family Cookbook 2013 comes out
The new edition of the USSK Family Cookbook 2013 is now available. Whereas last year the proceeds from sales of its piloting predecessor were donated towards the
purchase of a digital mammograph machine for Saca Hospital, this time they are intended for the St. Clement Hofbauer Foster Home in Podolinec. U. S. Steel Kosice already has several
years of partnership relations with this foster home below the Tatras, led by Stefan Straka.