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U. S. Steel Names Merle Stein General Manager of Granite City Works


United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) President John P. Surma today announced two key appointments at the newly acquired Granite City Works in Granite City, Ill., part of the integrated steelmaking assets U. S. Steel has acquired from National Steel Corporation. Merle Stein has been appointed general manager of Granite City Works, and Karl Kocsis has been named manager of employee relations.

"Merle Stein and Karl Kocsis have established themselves as leaders in operations and employee relations, respectively, in their years at U. S. Steel. Together, they will work to ensure a smooth transition at Granite City and to build strong working relationships with employees," said Surma.

Stein, 53, began his career with U. S. Steel in 1970 and worked through a number of increasingly responsible supervisory positions in steel production, engineering and technical services until 1994, when he was named manager- operations at U. S. Steel's Fairfield Pipe Mill near Birmingham, Ala. He was promoted to vice president-operations for U. S. Steel Kosice in Slovakia in 2001, where he had served until returning to the United States earlier this year to serve as part of U. S. Steel's transition team for acquiring National Steel.

A native of Duquesne, Pa., Stein graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

Kocsis, 35, graduated from Allegheny College in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Following graduation, he came to U. S. Steel to work in the Law Department at headquarters, where he held several increasingly responsible positions. He was named staff supervisor in the Labor Relations Department at Clairton Works in 1997 and was promoted to department manager of labor relations and productivity improvement in 1999. He was transferred to Mon Valley Works in 2000, where he served as department manager of labor and employment until his recent assignment.

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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