U.S. Steel may add staff at McKeesport: official

Apr 19, 2011 | 03:18 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  U.S. Steel, Camp Hill, USW, McKeesport, pipe mill, Marcellus Shale, natural gas, mergers acquisitions

TORONTO — U.S. Steel Corp. could add workers and make investments at a McKeesport, Pa., pipe plant it plans to take operational control of on May 1, according to a city official.

Camp Hill Corp. currently employs between 150 and 175 people at the plant, McKeesport city administrator Dennis Pittman told Perspectives.

Camp Hill had been running the plant on two 10-hour shifts, Pittman said, but U.S. Steel might be "more attuned" to running the plant on three 8-hour shifts because never shutting down except for maintenance may be more efficient.

If U.S. Steel were to run three 8-hour shifts, "they may be adding" to the current employment number, Pittman said. "Any increase is a plus." But he acknowledged that he doesn’t "know the logistics of the phase-in of the personnel or equipment or if there is going to be a change in the production line."

U.S. Steel declined to comment on the issue of staffing because the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker "does not publicly discuss employee relations matters," a company spokeswoman said in an e-mail.....

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