ArcelorMittal announces new leaders

2013-06-07T11:00:00Z 2013-09-16T12:53:33Z ArcelorMittal announces new leadersTimes Staff
June 07, 2013 11:00 am  • 

ArcelorMittal Flat Carbon USA announces the recent appointment of John D. Mengel to vice president and general manager at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor and John J. Battisti to chief operating officer, Plate Operations.

Mengel is responsible for the flat carbon steelmaking operations in Burns Harbor and finishing operations in Columbus, Ohio, overseeing the day-to-day operations of both sites including safety, quality, productivity, budgeting and cost control, and employee development, according to a news release.

The Long Beach resident joined predecessor company Bethlehem Steel in June 1976 where he began his career in mechanical maintenance. He most recently was chief operating officer, Plate Operations.

He was instrumental in integrating the total USA Plate organization and most recently played a key role in the modernization of the Burns Harbor 160 Heat Treat Line. Mengel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University.

Mengel succeeds Madhu Ranade who recently retired after 35 years of service.

Battisti will assume the role of COO, Plate Operations with oversight of plate facilities in Burns Harbor, Gary, and Coatesville and Conshohocken, both in Pennsylvania.

The Valparaiso resident is responsible for leading the plate business into the future with increasingly sophisticated products, ensuring that business operations are efficient and effective and creating maximum value for company stakeholders.

With nearly 35 years of industry experience, Battisti began his career with predecessor company Bethlehem Steel as a metallurgical engineer in quality assurance. He most recently was division manager, Plate Mills.

Locally, ArcelorMittal operates integrated steel mills in East Chicago and Burns Harbor, a global research and development facility in East Chicago, a hot strip mill in Riverdale, a plate mill in Gary and processing and finishing joint venture facilities in New Carlisle.

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