U.S. Steel looks to expand Research & Technology Center in Munhall
While U.S. Steel's Tubular Division idles its McKeesport operations, the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker is looking to hire additional personnel at its Research & Technology Center in Munhall.
“We are expanding the capability of our research and technology center in Pittsburgh adding new research equipment and personnel,” U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi told a conference call detailing his company's second quarter earnings.
The decision is part of what U.S. Steel has called its Carnegie Way of revamping operations. It's a corporate initiative which U.S. Steel previously said will yield $290 million in benefits this year.
“We are increasing our commitment to research and development to expand and accelerate our capability to provide and field products and solutions of the future,” Longhi said. “We are committed to innovation.”
Specifics of what's planned for Munhall were not available.
“We have approximately 100 employees there now,” U.S. Steel spokeswoman Sarah A. Cassella said. “We will not be commenting on additional employees beyond what Mr. Longhi referenced in the call.”
That number is down from the 130 transferred in 2006 to a 191,000-square-foot building once meant to be a Siemens Westinghouse fuel cell plant.
The workforce includes academic scientists and experts in other steel disciplines, working in process technology and product technology.
In December 2004, U.S. Steel announced an agreement with Continental Real Estate Inc. to purchase a structure built in 2002 but abandoned by Siemens in favor of an existing facility in Churchill.
At the time Munhall Mayor Raymond Bodnar, a former employee of the old Homestead District Works, hoped it would be the start of a “bigger and bigger” U.S. Steel presence in an area where that firm and its predecessors made steel for more than a century.
The building at 800 E. Waterfront Drive was overhauled during the next 12 months into a state-of-the-art facility, later certified as a green structure by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. U.S. Steel said it was built with a wide array of advanced safety features, cutting-edge technology and energy efficiencies.
U.S. Steel officials say the Munhall facility works closely with other research facilities in Troy, Mich., Houston, Texas, and Košice, Slovakia. In his conference call, Longhi talked at length about plans for further development of high-strength steels for the automotive industry at its Troy facility.
Meanwhile, U.S. Steel's Tubular Division continues its plan to idle indefinitely its McKeesport facility in the former Camp-Hill Corp. electric resistance weld plant, the last vestige of the old National Tube Works.
While a 60-day notice issued to McKeesport employees under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification or WARN Act would point to a shutdown as early as Saturday, Cassella said the company has not been able to confirm internally when the idling will take effect.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Mon Valley bridges moved up to rapid replacement list
- McKeesport crash sends motorcyclist to hospital
- Elizabeth Township hires manager, assistant
- McKeesport educator honored by nomination for Athena Award
- McKeesport car chase suspects returned to jail
- McKeesport park to get more regional asset funds
- ‘Porky’ of Operation Pork Chop case to enter plea
- Tour showcases Great Allegheny Passage, raises funds for Mon Yough chamber
- Steel Valley revamps website
- Lincoln landslide remediation project under way
- No injuries reported in West Mifflin car fire