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Highlights of 10/2015

Created: 9/23/2015
Author: Translated by: Andy BILLINGHAM
Category: 10/2015

President of the Slovak Republic Andrej Kiska visits steelmakers

On Friday, May 1, U. S. Steel Kosice received a visit from the President of the Slovak Republic Andrej Kiska. He met the President of the steelmaking company George F. Babcoke and members of the management, and was given a plant tour of the Coated Products and Tin Mill Division, where he was familiarized with the operation of HDG Line No. 3 and the work of the employees there. At a short press briefing at the end of his visit, the President SR said that he found it quite natural on International Labour Day to visit a company where people work, and he had chosen U. S. Steel Kosice precisely because­ it was the largest private employer in Slovakia and had a high standard of employee care. He also discussed issues of doing business in Slovakia with the President of USSK.

Incoming new USSK President Scott Buckiso presented to company managers

On Monday of this week, current U. S. Steel Kosice President George F. Babcoke presented his successor Scott Buckiso to steelworks managers before he takes over the Company helm on June 1. Scott Buckiso traveled to Kosice last weekend for a ten-day working stay during which he will familiarize himself with the local situation and take over the responsibilities of the outgoing president. At the meeting the incoming leader said he was looking forward to working together with the steelmakers, and he acknowledged the work of his predecessor, under whose leadership the Kosice team has made evident progress.

External QMS audit commences

The effectiveness of the quality management system in terms of the ISO/TS 16949 and EN/ISO 9001 standards at U. S. Steel Kosice is currently being checked in an external audit being carried out by the certification company TÜV SÜD Slovakia. The audit began on Monday, May 11, and the results will be known on Friday, May 15. The aim of this annual audit is to demonstrate the extent to which the Company is effectively fulfilling the require­ments of the standard EN ISO 9001 and above all the demanding criteria of the ISO/TS 16949 technical specification for the supply of products to the auto­mobile industry.

USSK among winners of international Good Practice Award

U. S. Steel Kosice has been successful in the international competition for the Good Practice Award, part of the Healthy Workplaces campaign, with the project entitled "A stress-free workplace = approaching the objective of zero injuries", which the Company won the natio­nal round of this competition with last year. The ceremony for presentation of the winners' awards took place on April 27 of this year, on the eve of World Occupational Safety and Health Protection Day, in Riga, Latvia, the country that currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Good Practice Award in the field of healthy workplaces is presented for outstanding and innovative contributions to occupational safety and health protection. The competition for this award in 2014 - 2015 attracted 55 entries from organizations of every size and branch of business. Altogether the organizers granted awards to 11 organizations and acknowledgments to a further 12 organizations.

Top-of-the-range USG machine for patients in the University Children's Hospital in Kosice

On April 29 of this year U. S. Steel Kosice President George F. Babcoke, his wife Kathleen, USSK General Manager Procurement Martina Kapralova and Public Affairs Director Jan Baca representing the thousands of Kosice steel­makers presented the team of doctors at the University Children's Hospital in Kosice with a top-of-the-range, new generation ultrasonograph machine. This was a joint gift, because­ in last year's pre-Christmas fundraising the Company employees donated a sum of money which was then matched by a contribution from the U. S. Steel Kosice Foundation. For the first time the funds were not transferred to the recipient's account, so that they could acquire the machine themselves, but the whole purchasing process was managed in record time by USSK Procurement Department. They managed it so outstandingly in fact that the funds collected were also made to cover the purchase of 45 computers and three printers, which were also presented to the hospital.


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