New president named for New Carlisle steel plants

2014-03-24T15:45:00Z 2014-03-24T18:36:44Z New president named for New Carlisle steel plantsJoseph S. Pete, (219) 933-3316

A new president has been appointed to oversee I/N Tek and I/N Kote, a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel Sumitomo Metal Corp. in New Carlisle.

Thomas Cayia assumes responsibility for both steel-finishing facilities, which get Northwest Indiana-made steel by train daily and processes the metal for the automotive and appliance markets. He will oversee the day-to-day operations, and report to Wendell Carter, vice president and general manager of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor.

He succeeds Chris Richards, who was named president of AM/NS Calvert, a steel finishing facility in Alabama that ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel Sumitomo Metal Corp. recently purchased.

In 1988, Cayia started working at I/N Tek as a process engineer. He rose through the ranks of the technology and maintenance departments at I/N Tek and I/N Kote before transferring to ArcelorMittal Hennepin in 2005 as a division manager of operations of maintenance.

Two years later, he was named division manager of quality, technology and reliability at I/N Tek and I/N Kote

Most recently, he was operations manager of ArcelorMittal Columbus, which operates to finishing facilities in central Ohio that serve the automotive market.

In his new role, he will be responsible for safety, quality, productivity, budgeting, cost control and employee development at the joint venture in New Carlisle, which is about 60 miles east of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor. The East Chicago steel mill furnishes almost all the steel that is processed at I/N Tek and I/N Kote.

I/N Tek is a continuous cold-colling plant that can process 2.9 million tons annually. I/N Kote can produce up to 900,000 tons of hot-dip galvanized, galvannealed and eletrogalvanized sheet.

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