Management changes for United Steel Co.


images (1)United States Steel Corporation announced tweak management at its European and North American operating facilities. Scott Buckiso will succeed George Babcoke, who served the company for 39 years, as the vice president of European Solutions and president of U. S. Steel Kosice. Moreover, Amy Smith-Yoder will succeed Buckiso as general manager – Mon Valley Works. The changes will be effective from May 31.

In his new role, Buckiso will take up executive responsibility for the company’s operations in the Slovak Republic. Buckiso has served the company since 1990 as a management associate at Mon Valley Works’ Irvin Plant. He proceeded through a number of increasingly responsible positions in finishing operations at the Irvin Plant, as well as in casting at Mon Valley Works’ Edgar Thomson Plant and finishing operations at Great Lakes Work. He also became general manager of finishing at the former U. S. Steel Serbia, beginning his international operations management experience.

On the other hand, Smith-Yoder, as general manager of Mon Valley Works, will be responsible for overseeing operations at the four facilities that comprise the company’s Mon Valley Works: Clairton Plant (coking and coal chemical operation) in Clairton, PA.; Edgar Thomson Plant (steelmaking operations) in Braddock, PA.; Irvin Plant (finishing) in West Mifflin, PA.; and Fairless Plant (galvanizing) near Philadelphia. Smith-Yoder joined U. S. Steel in 2001 as a senior quality assurance engineer at Straightline, U. S. Steel’s former steel distribution subsidiary.
U.S. Steel remains affected by weak steel market fundamentals. Surging steel imports continue to hurt the U.S. steel industry. This, in addition to the oversupply in the industry, is pressurizing prices and prospects of steel producers. Amid a difficult operating environment, U.S. Steel is aggressively pursuing actions to improve its cost structure and boost revenues on a sustainable basis through its “Carnegie Way” program.