U.S. Steel to offer rare tours of the Midwest Plant in Portage

2013-09-30T12:00:00Z 2013-10-31T14:44:31Z U.S. Steel to offer rare tours of the Midwest Plant in PortageJoseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com
September 30, 2013 12:00 pm  • 

U.S. Steel plans to offer rare tours of a local steel mill when an international summit comes to town.

Steel industry professionals and steel customers from across the world will descend on Avalon Manor in Merrillville for the International Surface Inspection Summit, which will take place Oct. 22 and 23. U.S. Steel is sponsoring the summit and will open the Midwest Plant in Portage to behind-the-scenes tours on Oct. 21 and 24.

The registration deadline for the steel mill tours is today.

Management from U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal and Ford will give speeches at the summit, a two-day educational conference for companies, associations, universities and research institutions. Suppliers of steel surface inspection services and quality assurance systems from 10 countries will give reports on the state of the industry.

New products and developments will be exhibited at the banquet hall on U.S. 30.

About 300 trade participants – including representatives from several automakers – are expected to take part in the summit, which takes place in a different country every year so different markets can be educated on the latest developments in steel surface inspection. Now in its 11th year, the annual event will be held in the United States for the first time.

The industry conference is targeted for anyone in quality control or purchasers who want to know how steel manufacturers ensure high levels of quality, or what level of quality can be assured, said Grant Mahmutovic with TEMA Technology Marketing.

As part of the conference, U.S. Steel will let people tour the Midwest Plant, a finishing facility that operates as part of Gary Works. The mill makes tin, hot-dip galvanized, cold-rolls and electric lamination steels for the auto market and other sectors.

Tour participants can visit the cold mill and hot-dip galvanizing lines, including one that has been using automated in-line surface inspection for the last seven years.

People who register for the plant tours must also sign up for the conference, and space on the tour will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Registration for the conference is $380, and a limited number of slots are available.

To register, visit www.isis-world.com.


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