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U. S. Steel Names Bridge Managing Director of Blast Furnace Engineering and Technology


United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) today announced that Anthony R. Bridge has been named managing director-blast furnace engineering and technology. In this new position, Bridge will oversee operating practices and furnace maintenance issues related to attaining longer life for U. S. Steel's 15 blast furnaces worldwide. In his new position, effective September 1, Bridge will report to John H. Goodish, executive vice president-operations.

"As an integrated steelmaker, the effective management of our blast furnaces is absolutely critical to the financial success of U. S. Steel," said U. S. Steel President and Chief Operating Officer John P. Surma. "Tony's job will be to determine how we run our blast furnaces, what technology we use to upgrade them, and how, when and if we rebuild them. With his extensive ironmaking experience, there is no one more qualified than Tony for this challenging and important new position."

Bridge, 49, began his career in the steel industry with Inland Steel in East Chicago, Ind., in 1976 and moved through a series of supervisory and management positions in ironmaking operations. In 1995, he moved to Rouge Steel in Dearborn, Mich., as superintendent of ironmaking.

He joined U. S. Steel in 1998 as area manager of the No. 13 blast furnace - U. S. Steel's largest blast furnace - at Gary Works in Gary, Ind. He was promoted to division manager of iron producing in 1999, and to plant manager of primary operations in 2001, a position he held until his current promotion.

Bridge earned bachelor's degrees in industrial management and electrical engineering, both from Purdue University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Gary Chamber of Commerce and the Gary Baseball Foundation, a joint effort of U. S. Steel, the South Shore RailCats and the City of Gary, which provides funding assistance to support youth baseball in the City of Gary. He and his family will relocate to Pittsburgh.

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SOURCE: United States Steel Corporation

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