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Highlights of 49/2003

Created: 12/8/2003
Author: Compiled by: Andy BILLINGHAM Kamila DEMKOVA
Category: 49/2003

Top managers from Pittsburgh visit Kosice again

Just two months after the last visit from the USA, Kosice managers had another opportunity to meet members of United States Steel Corporation top management last week. The group arriving in Kosice on Wednesday, December 3rd, consisted of Corporation President John P. Surma, Deputy Chairman of the Board Roy G. Dorrance, newly-appointed Vice-president Services Eugene Trudell, and Executive Vice-president Operations John H. Goodish. They came to thank their Kosice colleagues just before the end of the year for the results achieved in 2003, and to inform them about what is new in the USA. The Corporation representatives brought with them from America the Corporate Excellence Award for 2003, recently presented to the firm by the US Secretary of State Colin Powell. In John Surma's opinion this award is the consequence of the Kosice steelmakers' work, and so it belongs by rights in Kosice. Activities in Kosice continue to proceed excellently, and the management is happy with the work of leaders and employees alike.

"Bountiful Snowflakes" Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 13th, at 5 pm sees the beginning of the "Bountiful Snowflakes" Christmas Concert on the outdoor stage by the Immaculata column on Main Street in Kosice. First of all there will be a series of 30-minute performances by the bands which have been finalists in the U. S. Steel Talent Night competitions - Beg Bajazid, Sedona, Mekbet and Second Chance. Then at 7 pm the live broadcast of the Christmas Charity Concert from the Kosice State Theater begins on the large screen which will also be installed on the stage by the Immaculata column. During this concert representatives of U. S. Steel Kosice in the theater will be presenting symbolic checks to three selected institutions in Kosice. These are specifically the Social Services Home on Opatovska Street, which intends to use the gift of 250 000 SKK to buy furniture and appliances for the re-integration maisonettes for its young leavers; the Children's Home on Uralska Street, which will be using an identical amount to create a multi-functional sports area in its grounds; and lastly the East Slovakian Oncological Institute, which has approached U. S. Steel Kosice with the request for a contribution towards the purchase of a multi-functional diagnostic sonography machine. A collection for this equipment has been going on among steelworks employees since the beginning of November, and as at November 30th, 12 054 company employees had contributed to the collection, raising the remarkable sum of nearly one million two hundred thousand Slovak crowns. On Saturday an identical amount will be added to the final total in the employees' collection for the sonograph by the company U. S. Steel Kosice.

Results of international EKO 2003 competition

On Friday of last week the Javor Hotel near Třinec in the Czech Republic was the venue for the grand final evaluation of the fifth in the series of annual international competitions by the name of EKO 2003, patronage of which was accepted by the CR Minister for the Environment. Present at the ceremony were all the originators of the winning projects in the national rounds in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. The Unit of U. S. Steel Kosice GM Environment, which gained first place in the Slovak part of the competition for the project named De-dusting of Sintering Lines, was represented by GM Environment Tibor Duchonovic and Environmental Development Department Manager Ladislav Sanci, and the Unit of GM Research and Development with its third-placed project Life-cycle Inventarization of U. S. Steel Kosice Products was represented by Primary Operations and Ecology Department Manager Jaroslav Curilla. One of the members of the international project assessment panel was U. S. Steel Kosice QMS Manager Anton Dobos. Overall victory in the competition was claimed by the staff team from power plant Energetika Trinec, a.s.


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