Sparrows Point top executive named Johnson to take helm at steel mill

July 07, 1992|By Ross Hetrick | Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer

Carl W. Johnson, a 29-year employee of Bethlehem Steel Corp., has been named vice president and general manager of (( the company's Sparrows Point steel mill, replacing Robert W. Raybuck, who is retiring.

The appointment is effective Aug. 5.

Mr. Johnson, 51, is coming from Bethlehem's Burns Harbor, Ind., plant, where he was a senior manager, one step below the mill's general manager. Before taking the Burns Harbor job in 1991, he was manager of maintenance and technical services at Sparrows Point for three years.

A native of Springfield, Mass., Mr. Johnson joined Bethlehem's management training program in 1963 after receiving a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University Massachusetts.

His first position with the company was in the mechanical department of the strip mill at the Lackawanna, N.Y., plant. He was later promoted to master mechanic and, in 1976, was named assistant superintendent of the plant's mechanical department.

In 1982, he was promoted to superintendent of the Lackawanna slab mill, hot strip mill and cold mill. Three years later, he became superintendent of the galvanized products division at Lackawanna.

Mr. Johnson, who was not available for comment yesterday, is moving to the Baltimore area with his wife Kristine, the company said.

Mr. Raybuck, 60, oversaw more than half a billion dollars in plant modernization during the five years he headed the Baltimore County operation. The improvements included the revamping of the tin mill and the hot strip mill, and the construction of a new hot dipped coating line.

Also during that time, the plant's work force was reduced to 6,000 from about 7,600. However, production slipped only slightly, to 2.9 million tons of steel from 3 million.

Mr. Raybuck "has molded the Sparrows Point organization and operations into a very competitive unit, positioned to contribute tTC to the future success of Bethlehem Steel," Roger P. Penny, Bethlehem's senior vice president for steel operations, said in a statement.

Mr. Penny said Mr. Raybuck's retirement had been anticipated and is "consistent with the terms of his employment agreement with Bethlehem Steel."

This is the second "retirement" for Mr. Raybuck, who retired from USX Corp. in 1986 and then became a consultant for Bethlehem at Sparrows Point. He was made general manager in early 1987.

He had worked for USX for 31 years and was general manager at the company's steel mill in Fairfield, Ala.

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