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U. S. Steel Announces Key Management Changes at Domestic Operations


PITTSBURGH, July 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) today announced key management changes at Gary Works (Ind.), Mon Valley Works (Pa.) and ProCoil Company (Mich.). Garry E. Human has been named plant manager of Mon Valley Works' Edgar Thomson Plant, Ladislav Halaj has been appointed plant manager-finishing at Gary Works, and David L. Armstrong has been advanced to president-ProCoil Company LLC. All appointments were effective July 1.

As plant manager-Edgar Thomson Plant, Human is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Mon Valley Works' primary operation in Braddock, Pa., and reports to Anton Lukac, general manager-Mon Valley Works. Prior to being named to his new position, Human was president-ProCoil Company LLC, in Canton, Mich. He succeeds Dennis Quirk, who was recently named plant manager-East Texas Tubular Operations, a welded tubular facility in Lone Star, Texas. The Edgar Thomson Plant has two blast furnaces, two steelmaking vessels and a continuous slab caster and has an annual raw steel capability of 2.9 million net tons.

Human, 50, began his career with U. S. Steel in 1988, in steel producing in the number one Basic Oxygen Process (BOP) shop at Gary Works and became area manager in 1995. In 1996, Human became area manager-hot roll finishing, a position he held until becoming area manager-continuous pickle line in 1998. He was named division manager-sheet products at U. S. Steel's Gary Works in 1999 and division manager-tin operations in 2003. In 2004, Human was appointed to his most recent position, president-ProCoil Company LLC.

A 1980 graduate of Illinois State University, Human has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology. He and his wife, Cynthia, will relocate to the Pittsburgh area.

In his new position as plant manager-finishing at Gary Works, Halaj oversees the hot rolling, cold rolling and coating operations and associated processes at U. S. Steel's largest integrated steelmaking facility, which has an annual raw steel capability of 7.5 million net tons and is located in Gary, Ind. He reports to Mike Williams, general manager-Gary Works. Halaj replaces William J. Kelly, who has retired.

Halaj, 46, a native of Kosice, Slovakia, began his steelmaking career in 1987 as a hydraulic system specialist in the cold mills and pickling lines at VSZ a.s. In 1992, he left VSZ to work for other steel companies including Sidor in Venezuela. In 1998, Halaj was appointed manager-mechanical maintenance of VSZ U. S. Steel, a.s., a joint venture of U. S. Steel and VSZ, and was named deputy operations director in 1999. He was advanced to general manager-central maintenance U. S. Steel Kosice in 2000, the year U. S. Steel acquired the steelmaking operations of VSZ. Halaj was appointed general manager-finishing in 2003. He moved to the United States when he was named division manager-sheet products at U. S. Steel's Midwest Plant, a finishing facility in Portage, Ind. He was advanced to division manager-sheet products at Gary Works in 2006, a position he held until being appointed to his current position.

Halaj is a 1986 graduate of the Mechanical Faculty of the Technical University of Kosice. He and his wife, Maria Halajova, and their children, Titanila and Erik, make their home in Valparaiso, Ind.

ProCoil Company LLC, which Armstrong leads as president, is a wholly owned steel processing subsidiary of U. S. Steel located in Canton, Mich. ProCoil slits, cuts to length and blanks steel coils to automakers' specifications. The company also provides laser welding services and warehouse services to its automotive customers. Armstrong, who was most recently division manager-tin operations at Gary Works, succeeds Human.

A native of Fairless Hills, Pa., where his father worked for U. S. Steel, Armstrong, 53, began his career in the steel industry in 1972 as an hourly employee at National Steel's Midwest Plant in Portage, Ind. He moved into management in 1982, held a series of increasingly responsible positions, and was named area manager-operations in 1990. In 1996, Armstrong was appointed division manager-operations, holding various positions in both the sheet and tin divisions. When U. S. Steel acquired the Midwest Plant along with other National Steel operations in 2003, Armstrong was advanced to division manager-Midwest Tin. He was appointed to his most recent position, division manager-Gary and East Chicago Tin, in 2004.

He and his wife, Sandy, who works for U. S. Steel in Labor Relations, will relocate to the Detroit area.

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SOURCE: United States Steel Corporation

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