LEIPSIC - PRO-TEC unveiled the expansion to its Leipsic location on Monday. The 415,000-square-foot addition cost $400 million and will employ 80 new full time workers to treat lightweight steel. Announced in late 2010, the investment created 500 temporary construction jobs.

PRO-TEC will now process some of the strongest and most formable grades of steel in North America. These new grades will assist automotive manufacturers in reaching the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards of 54.5 miles per gallon for their passenger vehicle fleets and maintain the rigorous safety standards consumers demand.
The United States Steel Corporation (NYSE:X) and Kobe Steel, Ltd., of Japan formally commissioned the new Continuous Annealing Line at their joint venture PRO-TEC Coating Company.

"The investment in this Continuous Annealing Line represents more than just the future of this facility- it also represents the future for automotive steel products and the applications in which they are used," said U.S. Steel Chairman and CEO John Surma. "U.S. Steel and Kobe Steel saw an opportunity for our PRO-TEC joint venture to help our automotive customers overcome the challenges associated with the 54.5 mpg regulation, and the products processed at PRO-TEC's new Continuous Annealing Line will offer our customers affordable, highly advanced options that will position them for ongoing success."

Through cutting-edge heat treat and quench technology, the 500,000-ton PRO-TEC Continuous Annealing Line will produce the next generation of Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) and Ultra High Strength Steels (UHSS) from 590 megapascal and higher. These steels support our customers by offering critical design solutions as automotive companies reduce the weight of component materials in their lone to improve safety. These properties, coupled with steel's inherent recyclability and overall environment performance, make steel the material of choice for automotive manufactures.

PRO-TEC Coating Company, Leipsic provides world-class, value added steels to the quality-critical automotive industry. These products help to improve vehicle crash worthiness as well as fuel economy through weight reduction. PRO-TEC is a 50/50 joint venture partnership of United States Steel Cooperation and Kobe Steel, Ltd., of Japan. With a 1.5 million ton annual capacity, PRO-TEC is one of the world's largest facilities producing high-end automotive sheet steel for the automotive industry.

Ohio-State Representatives Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon) and Tony Burkley (R-Payne) joined officials from PRO-TEC Coating Company, United States Steel, and Kobe Steel Ltd. at the commission event Monday.

"Investments are continuing to be made in companies here because it's clear that Ohio is a great place to do business," Rep. Wachtmann said. "PRO-TEC has been a great benefit for Leipsic and the surrounding area, and I'm glad to see it expanding."

"I was pleased to tour PRO-TEC and participate in the commissioning of its new line," Rep. Burkley said. "The high-quality steels that PRO-TEC will be able to produce with this new line are sure to be top-notch, and it's very good to have more jobs being created in Northwest Ohio."