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U. S. Steel Names Fred Harnack General Manager of Great Lakes Works


United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) President John P. Surma today announced two key appointments at the company's recently acquired Great Lakes Works in Ecorse and River Rouge, Michigan. Frederick T. Harnack was named general manager and S. Allen Barnes was named manager-employee relations.

"Fred Harnack and Al Barnes bring years of experience in successful plant operations and employee relations to Great Lakes Works," said Surma. "They are effective leaders who recognize the importance of empowering employees and building strong ties with the community."

Harnack, 48, started with U. S. Steel in 1976 as a management trainee at the slab mill at the Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, Pa. After serving in various operating and maintenance positions at the slab mill and the former Homestead (Pa.) Works, he became area manager for maintenance at the Edgar Thomson slab mill in 1987. Later, he moved to the Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pa. as area manager of galvanizing.

From 1990 to 1993, Harnack was the operations consultant for the Pro-Tec Coating Company in Leipsic, Ohio. In 1993, he returned to the Mon Valley Works as the casting and rolling operating director and was named plant manager of the Edgar Thomson Plant in 1996. He was named general manager-Mon Valley Works in 1999.

Harnack holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering (1976) and master's degree in business administration (1982) from the University of Pittsburgh.

Barnes, 60, began his career with U. S. Steel in 1968 as a metallurgical observer at the company's former Homestead (Pa.) Works, and in 1969 became head interviewer in the facility's employment office. Barnes was promoted to safety engineer in 1971. In 1974, he moved into labor relations at the Homestead Works and became department manager in 1977. He held a series of increasingly responsible positions in labor relations and employee relations at the company's Homestead Works, Fairfield Works in Birmingham, Ala. and Minnesota Ore Operations in Mountain Iron, Minn. In 1991, he was transferred to Clairton (Pa.) Works in his most recent position as manager-employee relations for coke and plate operations.

Barnes earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1965.

United States Steel Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., manufactures and sells a wide variety of steel sheet, plate, tubular and tin products, coke and taconite pellets. U. S. Steel's domestic primary steel operations are: Gary Works in Gary, Ind.; Fairfield Works near Birmingham, Ala.; Mon Valley Works, which includes the Edgar Thomson and Irvin plants, near Pittsburgh, and a galvanizing line at Fairless Works near Philadelphia, Pa.; and East Chicago Tin in East Chicago, Ind.

U. S. Steel produces coke at Clairton Works near Pittsburgh, and at Gary Works. On Northern Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range, U. S. Steel's iron ore mining and taconite pellet operation, Minntac, supports the steelmaking effort.

On May 20, 2003, U. S. Steel completed the acquisition of most of the steelmaking assets of National Steel Corporation, securing its position as the largest integrated steelmaker in North America. The facilities included in the purchase are: Great Lakes Steel in Ecorse and River Rouge, Mich.; the Granite City Division in Granite City, Ill.; the Midwest finishing facility in Portage, Ind.; ProCoil Corporation in Canton, Mich.; National Steel Pellet Company's iron ore pellet operations in Keewatin, Minn.; and various other subsidiaries and joint-venture interests.

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SOURCE: United States Steel Corporation

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