U.S. Steel has named a new general manager for Gary Works, the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker’s largest integrated steel mill in the world.

Pittsburgh native Daniel Killeen, a Robert Morris University graduate who most recently served as plant manager primary operations of Gary Works, will manage the day-to-day operations of the mill that stretches for seven miles along the Lake Michigan shore.

“Killeen joined U.S. Steel in 1996 as a management associate at Gary Works,” U.S. Steel said in a news release. “He went on to work in a series of increasingly responsible positions in the Iron and Steel Making departments at U.S. Steel's Mon Valley Work.

"In 2007, he relocated to U.S. Steel Serbia as the general manager of finishing before taking the role of general manager of primary operations in 2008. In 2009, he returned to the United States as the division manager of steel production at Gary Works, where he remained until 2011, when he returned to Europe as plant manager of operations at U.S. Steel Serbia before transferring to U.S. Steel Kosice, where he held roles in operational improvement and safety.”

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Since 2013, Killeen has worked at Gary Works in various positions in coking, finishing and primary operations.

The mill at One North Broadway employs more than 3,000 steelworkers and can produce up to 7.5 million tons of steel per year.

Gary Works operates four blast furnaces, three top-blown basic oxygen process vessels, three bottom-blown basic oxygen process vessels, a vacuum degasser, three ladle metallurgy facilities, four continuous slab casters, an 84-inch hot strip mill, a hot-rolled temper mill, 80- and 84-inch pickle lines, annealing lines, an electrolytic cleaning line, cold reduction mills, temper mills and electrolytic tinning lines.

The steel mill, which dates back to 1906, when it helped transform the Northwest Indiana lakeshore from a windswept wild into an industrial powerhouse, makes tin products, sheet and strip mill plate for the automotive, appliance, home construction and metal building components markets.


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