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U. S. Steel Names Joseph Scipioni Plant Manager of Keewatin Taconite


United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) President John P. Surma today announced the appointment of Joseph Scipioni as plant manager at the newly acquired Keewatin Taconite Plant in Keewatin, Minn., part of the integrated steelmaking assets U. S. Steel has acquired from National Steel Corporation. Employee relations for Keewatin Taconite will be managed by John Skube.

"Joe Scipioni and John Skube have demonstrated strong and creative leadership throughout their careers at U. S. Steel's Minnesota Ore Operations (Minntac). They recognize the importance of empowering employees and building strong ties with the community and they will play key roles in keeping Keewatin Taconite competitive," said Surma.

Scipioni, 49, began his career with Minntac in 1977 as a management trainee in the Mining Engineering Department, where he held a series of increasingly responsible positions. In 1984, he was named senior engineer- mining, a position he held until 1994, when he was promoted to area manager of production. He was named division manager-plants in 1998, with responsibility for all aspects of the operation and maintenance of Minntac's concentrator and agglomerator facilities. He held that position until his most recent assignment.

A native of Hibbing, Minn., Scipioni graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1977.

Skube, 46, a native of Babbitt, Minn., graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1979 with a bachelor of science degree in mining engineering, and in 1987 with a master's degree in business administration. He began his career with U. S. Steel in 1978 as a mining engineer trainee. He progressed through several positions with increasing responsibility in the mining engineering, mining operations, and employee and labor relations departments at Minntac and in 1995 was named department manager of labor relations and employment for Mon Valley Works near Pittsburgh. He returned to Minntac as manager of employee relations in 1999. In addition to responsibility for employee relations at the Keewatin Taconite Plant, he will continue to be responsible for employee relations at Minntac.

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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