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UPI tin mill sales chief Julie Renner retires

Feb 18, 2014 | 03:50 PM | Frank Haflich

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LOS ANGELES — Julie Renner has retired as general manager of tin mill sales at USS-Posco Industries Inc. (UPI), and the West’s only tinplate producer has decided not to fill the post, UPI has confirmed.

Renner, a 35-year veteran of UPI and predecessor U.S. Steel Corp., was one of the longest-serving female steel executives on the West Coast. UPI, a joint venture of Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel and South Korea’s Posco Ltd., was established at the former Pittsburg (Calif.) Works of U.S. Steel in 1986.

Renner started with U.S. Steel in 1979 as a management trainee and was subsequently promoted to inside and outside sales positions, was named resident outside sales manager in 1991 and assumed her most recent position in 1995.

While UPI is the sole significant tinplate producer west of the Rockies, the regional market has fallen by about 35 to 40 percent over the past decade, in large part due to competition from such alternative materials as glass and plastics, market sources told AMM.

The market fell to an estimated 350,000 to 375,000 tons last year, marking a steady decline from about 600,000 tons in 2004, the sources said, of which UPI accounts for 70 to 75 percent. The balance is supplied by imports, led by South Korea—with roughly 10 percent of the market—and followed by China. Domestic mills east of the Rockies are believed to account for a negligible amount of West Coast tinplate sales.

UPI also produces cold-rolled, hot-rolled pickled and oiled, and galvanized sheet, as well as advanced high-strength steels.

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