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Highlights of 08/2015
           

Created: 7/30/2015
Author: Translated by: Andy BILLINGHAM
Category: 08/2015



Meetings with employees

This Tuesday, April 14, saw the first in this year’s series of meetings of U. S. Steel Košice President George F. Babcoke and members of the Company’s top management with the employees of the firm and its subsidiary companies. The meetings are taking place in the Košice Handball Hall, and their motto is Creating Values Together. At the meetings the steelmakers had the chance to familiarize themselves with the Company’s financial situation in the past year, the current situation on the European steel market, and the prospects for its development in this and the following years. They were also informed about the course of the Carnegie Way transformation to date, and the next goals in the areas of financial startegy and product innovation. Several employees at each meeting had points to make in the discussions on the presented topics.

Carnegie way trophy goes to the blast furnace division

The War Room, the main center for inspirational ideas where the top projects at U. S. Steel Košice contributing to the transformation of the Corporation known as the Carnegie Way are gathered, this week recollects the first year of its existence. The regular Wednesday meeting of champions and team sponsors as well as other leading managers, at which the value of projects, news and problems are presented and further opportunities and challenges are discussed, was rather different from usual last week, April 8, as it took on a celebratory atmosphere. More than 100 management employees, leaders and members of the project teams met at the Company’s training facility in Medzev to recall the birth of the "heart of the driving engine" as it was set up on April 16, 2014. The meeting also witnessed the première awarding of the travelling Carnegie Way trophy for the most successful team in each quarter of the year. For the first time this trophy went to the section of the Supervisor Coal Grinding Mill, Lubricating and Water Cooling Systems in the Pig-iron Production operation of the Blast Furnaces Division, under the leadership of Erik Machan.
This meeting was also attended by U. S. Steel Košice President George F. Babcoke, Vice Presidents, General Managers and Division Directors. The invitation was also accepted by KOVO U. S. Steel Košice Labor Union Council Chairman Mikuláš Hintoš.

HC Kosice wins its eight extra league champions title in the independent Slovak republic

The ice-hockey players of HC Košice have culminated the 2014/2015 season in the Slovakian Extra League by winning their eighth champions’ title. They confirmed their domination of the ice last Saturday, April 11, in the sixth match with their finals opponent, the team of Banská Bystrica, with the score 2:1 away. This is only the second time so far that they have gained the title of Champions playing on the opponents’ ice. The first time they won the gold medals in this way was in 2009 at Skalica, and this time it was below Mount Urpín at Banská Bystrica. In the other years 1995, 1996, 1999, 2010, 2011 and 2014 the players and fans of Košice ice-hockey enjoyed the title-winning celebrations at the old VSŽ stadium, the Lokomotíva ice-rink at Čermeľ, and more recently in the Steel Arena.

U. S. Steel announces management changes at European and North American operations

PITTSBURGH, April 15, 2015 – United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) today announced two management changes at its European and North American operating facilities. Scott Buckiso has been named vice president – European Solutions and president – U. S. Steel Košice, succeeding George Babcoke, who has elected to retire following 39 years of service with the company. Amy Smith-Yoder will succeed Buckiso as general manager – Mon Valley Works. The changes are effective May 31.
"For nearly four decades, George has been a dedicated U. S. Steel employee, from his first position as a laborer to his current role as the leader of our European operations," said U. S. Steel President and Chief Executive Officer Mario Longhi. "We wish him the best in retirement and thank him for his many years of dedicated service."
In his new role, Buckiso will assume executive responsibility for the company’s operations in the Slovak Republic. He joined U. S. Steel in 1990 as a management associate at Mon Valley Works’ Irvin Plant. From 1990 to 2004 Buckiso advanced through a series of increasingly responsible positions in finishing operations at the Irvin Plant, as well as in casting at Mon Valley Works' Edgar Thomson Plant and finishing operations at Great Lakes Works. In 2004 he became division manager of rolling at Great Lakes Works, adding oversight of the plant's finishing operations to his area of responsibility shortly thereafter. In 2006 he advanced to general manager of finishing at the former U. S. Steel Serbia, beginning his international operations management experience. Buckiso returned to North America in 2007 when he was named plant manager of U. S. Steel Canada's Lake Erie Works. He later became plant manager – finishing at Gary Works in January 2009 and was named to his current post in July 2011.
Buckiso is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a 1990 graduate of the University of Maryland where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and speech. As general manager – Mon Valley Works, Smith-Yoder will be responsible for overseeing operations at the four facilities that comprise the company's Mon Valley Works: Clairton Plant (coking and coal chemical operation) in Clairton, Pa.; Edgar Thomson Plant (steelmaking operations) in Braddock, Pa.; Irvin Plant (finishing) in West Mifflin, Pa.; and Fairless Plant (galvanizing) near Philadelphia. She joined U. S. Steel in 2001 as a senior quality assurance engineer at Straightline, U. S. Steel’s former steel distribution subsidiary. In 2004 Smith-Yoder accepted an assignment as a project manager at U. S. Steel's Midwest Plant in Portage, Ind., and in 2006 she moved to the company's Gary Works to serve as a continuous improvement manager.
In late 2006 Smith-Yoder advanced to manager – process technology for U. S. Steel’s three northwest Indiana facilities (Gary Works, Midwest Plant and East Chicago Tin in East Chicago, Ind.). In 2007 Smith-Yoder became division manager of sheet products for Gary Works with responsibility for select rolling processes, all coating capabilities and warehouse management at the plant. She was named plant manager – Mon Valley Works’ Irvin & Fairless Plants in 2010 and to her current post as plant manager – Edgar Thomson Plant in June 2014.
A native of New Kensington, Pa., Smith-Yoder earned her bachelor’s degree in management engineering from Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., in 1986. She completed her master’s degree in business administration at Purdue University North Central in Westville, Ind., in 1999.

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