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U. S. Steel To Install Quench And Temper Facility At Lorain Tubular

New Mill Will Produce Enhanced Tubular Products

PRNewswire
PITTSBURGH
11.27.2001

The board of directors of USX Corporation today approved an $86 million project to install an in-line quench and temper facility on the No. 3 Seamless Mill at the Lorain Tubular Company of United States Steel LLC (NYSE: X) in Lorain, Ohio. The facility will produce tubular goods with enhanced properties to serve energy producers in the exploration and development and the transportation markets. It will also produce specialized standard pipe products used for high temperature applications.

With an annual capacity of 340,000 tons, the new facility will allow Lorain Tubular to heat treat tubular products with outside diameters from 10-5/8 inches through 24 inches and with wall thicknesses up to 1.5 inches. The unique in-line design of the quench and temper operation will take advantage of residual heat remaining in the product after hot rolling to reduce energy consumption during the heat treating process and will enable the No. 3 Seamless Mill to produce heat treated products with world class cost efficiency.

In addition to the heat treating facility, the tube finishing facilities will be revamped to include a new higher pressure hydro tester and an ultrasonic inspection area.

"This investment in our Tubular Products Group demonstrates our commitment to the markets we serve and is an indication that we intend to continue our efforts to improve the technology and competitiveness of our steel business," said USX chairman Thomas J. Usher. "We are confident this project will give us expanded capacity and leading edge quality to meet the current and future needs of our customers."

U. S. Steel Tubular Products has operating facilities in Lorain, Ohio, Fairfield, Ala., McKeesport, Pa. and produces seamless tubular products from 1.9 inches to 26 inches O.D. and welded products from 8-5/8 inches to 20 inches O.D.

(More information can be found about the Tubular Products Group at http://www.usstubular.com/. For more information on U. S. Steel, visit our Website at http://www.usx.com/ or http://www.ussteel.com/.)

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SOURCE: U. S. Steel

Contact: Tom Ferrall, +1-412-433-6899, or John Armstrong,
+1-412-433-6792, or Mike Dixon, +1-412-433-6860, all of U. S. Steel

Website: http://www.usstubular.com/

Website: http://www.usx.com/
http://www.ussteel.com/

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