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Straightline Awarded QS-9000 and ISO Certifications

Demonstrates Straightline's Commitment to Quality Service and Customer Satisfaction

PRNewswire-FirstCall
PITTSBURGH
11.21.2002

Straightline Source, the technology-enabled steel distribution division of United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), was awarded QS 9000:1998 and ISO 9002:1994 certification, an internationally recognized standard of quality management systems.

To achieve certification of its quality systems, Straightline went through a rigorous audit process that involved every department within company headquarters. The independent audit was performed by Steel Related Industries Quality System Registrar, Inc., an accredited QS-9000 third-party assessor based in Wexford, Pa.

"We're proud of this accomplishment as it represents Straightline's ability to meet the industry's toughest quality standards," said Bob Dryburgh, president of Straightline. "It further demonstrates our commitment to complete customer satisfaction as well as to continuous improvement and cost reductions in every phase of our operation."

QS-9000 defines the quality expectations of DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, truck manufacturers and others for suppliers of production, service parts and materials. It was developed in 1994 to standardize quality systems, reduce costs and seek continuous improvement from suppliers to the automotive industry. Today, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors and certain Ford locations worldwide require QS-9000 certification for suppliers.

"The QS-9000 certification demonstrates that Straightline can deliver quality systems required by the automotive industry and services that will help to reduce supply chain costs," said John Favorite, district manager for Straightline's Michigan region.

ISO certifications are a series of industry quality and efficiency achievement levels established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to ensure that products or services are produced and provided at the highest possible standards. ISO certification is voluntary and has become an international quality management standard for more than 500,000 organizations worldwide.

Straightline Source is an independent division of United States Steel Corporation and specializes in the distribution of carbon flat-rolled steel to customers of all sizes through advanced technology systems and a network of processing partners. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Straightline has a growing staff of 160 employees. Visit Straightline at www.straightline.com.

SRI Quality System Registrar, accredited by ANSI-RAB, RvA, and IATF, has provided third-party system assessment services since 1991. SRI serves a broad range of manufacturing and service organizations, supported by its North American network of highly qualified auditors and service representatives. SRI also offers a series of public training courses focused on the requirements of ISO 9000, QS-9000, ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 14001, as well as internal auditor training.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from more than 140 countries. ISO is a non-governmental organization established in 1947. Its mission is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world in order to facilitate the international exchange of goods and services, and develop cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. Learn more at www.iso.org

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SOURCE: Straightline Source

CONTACT: Maggie Bray of Magnet Communications, +1-412-456-4308 or
mbray@magnetcom.com, for Straightline Source

Web site: http://www.iso.org/

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