PITTSBURGH, Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing the Carnegie Way transformation, United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) today announced further improvements to its North American Flat-Rolled operations reporting structure as it takes the logical and necessary next step in its transformation. Delivering on the company's strategic ambition to be a customer-centric, global solutions provider with more focused and effective accountability, U. S. Steel's flat-rolled facilities will now report through three streamlined and consolidated commercial entities, the foundation for which was established in late 2014.
"The commercial entities have worked to position our company to be best-in-class in innovation, customer service and solutions," said Mario Longhi, President and Chief Executive Officer of United States Steel. "This strategic move to align operations within the streamlined commercial entities enhances our ability to better hear the voice of the customer, ensuring that we deliver superior value and drive results in this ever-changing market."
The North American Flat-Rolled realignment will include the transition of operational management responsibilities to the automotive, consumer, and the now combined industrial, service center and mining commercial entities. Enterprise-wide operational functions, including the company's commitment to safety and quality, will continue to be provided across the reporting segments. U. S. Steel's flat-rolled facilities will continue to produce and service their current customer and end markets throughout and after this realignment, which is effective January 1, 2016.
Automotive Solutions, led by Senior Vice President Jim Bruno, will continue to be based in Troy, Mich., at the company's Automotive Center. Bruno will now also have responsibility for Great Lakes Works in nearby River Rouge and Ecorse, Mich., the EGL at Dearborn (formerly DESCO), Midwest Plant in Portage, Ind., as well as the company's 50-50 joint venture PRO-TEC Coating Company in Leipsic, Ohio. These facilities primarily serve the automotive market and are a critical part of developing solutions for the next generation of advanced high-strength steels (AHSS).
Consumer Solutions, serving customers in the appliance, packaging, container and construction markets is largely served by the company's Mon Valley Works outside of Pittsburgh, Pa., East Chicago Tin in East Chicago, Ind., as well as Fairfield Works' # 5 coating line and the Double G joint venture, both in Birmingham, Ala., will be led by Sara Greenstein, Senior Vice President - Consumer Solutions.
The Industrial, Service Center and Mining Solutions entities will now be led by Douglas R. Matthews. In his role as Senior Vice President - Industrial, Service Center and Mining Solutions, Matthews will have responsibility for serving customers in the pipe and tube manufacturing market, as well as the agricultural and industrial equipment and service center markets. He will have operational responsibility for U. S. Steel's largest steelmaking and finishing facility, Gary Works in Gary, Ind., for Granite City Works in Granite City, Ill. as well as for mining, which includes all activities relating to the company's Minnesota Ore Operations - Minntac in Mt. Iron and Keetac in Keewatin - as well as the company's iron ore equity ventures.
The transition and integration of the Industrial and Service Center Solutions teams will be led by Geoff Turk, currently Vice President - Service Center Solutions. Turk came to U. S. Steel almost two years ago to help lead the enterprise transformational journey and will be pursuing other opportunities outside of the enterprise once the commercial entity integration is completed in the first quarter of 2016.
Mark Tabler, previously Vice President - Tubular Operations, will transition into the position of Vice President – Global Quality & Manufacturing Processes. His responsibilities will include leadership of the company's enterprise-wide operational processes in manufacturing process health, quality and reliability centered maintenance using The Carnegie Way. Tabler's transition will take place immediately.
These new operational realignments within the commercial entities do not change existing reporting segments. The company will continue to have three reportable operating segments: North American Flat-Rolled Products, Tubular Products and U. S. Steel Europe. For more information on these reportable segments, please see the company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2014.
SOURCE United States Steel Corporation