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U. S. Steel Names John Price General Manager of Midwest Plant


United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) President John P. Surma today announced two key appointments at the newly acquired Midwest Plant in Portage, Ind., part of the integrated steelmaking assets U. S. Steel has acquired from National Steel Corporation. John Price has been appointed general manager, and Keith Kolb has been named manager of employee relations.

"The leadership qualities John and Keith have demonstrated in their respective functions at U. S. Steel will serve the Midwest Plant well. They recognize the importance of empowering employees and building strong ties with the community," said Surma.

Price, 56, began his career with U. S. Steel in 1969 as an operations trainee at the company's Fairless Works outside Philadelphia, where he held a series of tin mill operating and metallurgical positions. In the 1980s, he worked in the Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Gary areas in several supervisory metallurgical positions until 1991, when he was named division manager of sheet products at Mon Valley Works outside Pittsburgh. In 1994, he returned to Gary Works to serve as manager of quality assurance and manager of business services, respectively, before being promoted to plant manager of finishing operations in 1996. The following year, he was transferred back to Pittsburgh and named general manager of Tin Products at headquarters, a position he has held until his recent assignment.

Kolb, 56, came to U. S. Steel in 1969 as an employment interviewer at Gary Works. He held various personnel and labor relations positions at Gary Works, the former Joliet-Waukegan Works and USS Tubing Specialties before being named manager of labor relations at Gary Works in 1991. He held the position of department manager of human resource services from 1997 until his recent assignment.

Kolb is a 1969 graduate of Michigan State University, East Lansing, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science.

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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