Steelworkers recognized by union officials

WEIRTON – Two employees of the ArcelorMittal Steel Corporation have been recognized by the United Steelworkers Local 2911for their ideas to improve productivity and save money.

Tim Finch of the Tin Mill a nd Terry Knight of the Environmental Department had their names added to the USW Local 2911 Wall of Recognition in the West Street union hall.

The wall of Recognition is dedicated to the efforts of employees of the Weirton steel mill.

Eleven employees were named to the wall last year as part of the initial dedication ceremony.

“We all know we are competing in a highly competitive industry and we must remain on top of our game in order to remain competitive. Our employees have always played a key role in our mill and now more than ever their involvement is even more important for the future of our plant. That’s why our union has really stepped up our employee recognition program,” declared Local 2911 President Mark Glyptis.

“Because of our employees we are able to compete on a global basis. We are a better steelmaking operation because of the men and women who work every day in our mill. Our employees are extremely smart and they have wonderful ideas on how we can continue to get better,” Glyptis added.

“We have spent many, many, many hours gathering ideas from the employees throughout the mill and then bringing those ideas to fruition. Our Local 2911 Employee Involvement Coordinator Ed Conley has always worked diligently to draw the best out of the employees and he has brought their ideas to the plant management that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings,” Glyptis explained.

“I am fortunate in my job to work with the best steelworkers in the industry. The men and women at Weirton are passionate to keep our plant moving forward in a positive manner. I take ideas from the employees that will eventually save millions of dollars for the plant and the company,” Conley said.

Conley said Finch saw a problem with the Continuous Anneal line welder in the Tin Mill.

“Tim went out and searched for replacement parts on Ebay. He bought the parts with his own money. Made the necessary changes to the parts at home and then brought them to work where he installed it on the C.A. line improving production,” Conley related.

“Terry identified a waste oil stream from the hot mill furnaces. It was a waste and actually cost money to reclaim it. Through his hard work and research Terry was able to turn a waste stream into a revenue stream,” explained Conley.

“The differences our employees have made in the mill can make the difference between success and failure. We have the best steelworkers in the world right here in Weirton. What happens every day in our mill will create a strong long term future for all of us as well as the next generation of steelworkers,” remarked Glyptis.

” The main reason our steel mill has survived and prospered for more than a century are the people who work in our plant. We are united in our desire to make our mill a business that will be here when our grandchildren are ready to take our jobs. I am very proud of these two men and the fact they are now part of our USW Local 2911 Wall of Recognition,” Glyptis said.

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