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Bryan Vaughn, president of Pro-Tec, in the plant. The commissioning of Pro-Tec Coating Company's Continuous Annealing Line, in Leipsic, Ohio. This treatment process allows any amount of steel to be created that is of superior strength, lighter weight, and greater formability, therefore helping auto manufacturers, among others, to provide greater safety in more fuel-efficient vehicles. U.S. Steel and Japan's Kobe Inc. PRO-TEC was established in 1990 as a 50/50 venture by U.S. Steel and Kobe.

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The tour through the plant enters the furnace and water quench area. The verticle pipes carry cooling water for the annealing process. The ceiling as 133 feet tall.

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Hiroya Kawasaki, president of Kobe Steel, Ltd., left, John Surma, Jr., president and CEO of U.S. Steel, and Bryan Vaughn, president of PRO-TEC.

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John Surma, Jr., president and CEO of U.S. Steel. The commissioning of Pro-Tec Coating Company's Continuous Annealing Line, in Leipsic.

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Coils of steel in the automated warehouse. The commissioning of Pro-Tec Coating Company's Continuous Annealing Line.

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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Steel John Surma, Jr., in the shipping and receiving warehouse of the new facility.

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The protective wrapping is applied to a completed coil. In addition to wrapping the steel, it protects the 90,000 pound coil from the elements.

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U. S. Steel employees Ming Shi, from Detroit , left, and Jack Neely, from Pittsburgh, looking at some of the different steel components of a car. The different colors reflect the different standards of strength and weight of the parts.

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Hiroya Kawasaki, president of Kobe Steel, Ltd., and John Surma, president and CEO of U.S. Steel near the furnace and water quench area of the plant.

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Hiroya Kawasaki, president of Kobe Steel, Ltd., left, and John Surma, president and CEO of U.S. Steel, near the machine that wraps a protective strapping around the completed coil.

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Bryan Vaughn, president of Pro-Tec Coating, left, with Hiroya Kawasaki, president of Kobe Steel, Ltd., and John Surma, president and CEO of U.S. Steel.

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Bryan Vaughn, president of Pro-Tec. The commissioning of Pro-Tec Coating Company's Continuous Annealing Line, in Leipsic.

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Hiroya Kawasaki, president of Kobe Steel, Ltd., left, John Surma, Jr., president and CEO of U.S. Steel, and Joseph R. Scherrbaum, Jr., vice president-sales, U.S. Steel, on the plant floor.

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John Surma, Jr., president and CEO of U.S. Steel, and Bryan Vaughn, president of Pro-Tec.

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Hiroya Kawasaki, president of Kobe Steel, Ltd., left, and John Surma, Jr., president and CEO of U.S. Steel.

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Paul Nuveman, warehouse coordinator, with the strapping material that is used to wrap the completed coils before shipping.

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