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WEIRTON STEEL EXECUTIVE RETIRES

 WEIRTON STEEL EXECUTIVE RETIRES
 WEIRTON, W.Va., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing health reasons,


William T. Saunders has retired from the position of senior vice president-product development and research at Weirton Steel Corporation (NYSE: WS), concluding a 28-year career with the company and its predecessor.
 "We accepted Bill's decision with deep regret," said Herbert Elish, chairman and president, "and recognize that it is in his best interest owing to his physical condition. We are fortunate that Mr. Saunders will remain available for consultation in special projects involving his areas of expertise. His stature as a developer of rigid packaging materials and container technology is unrivaled in the world steel industry."
 Saunders, age 63, had been involved in metals, food processing and sanitary can manufacturing for 43 years. Eminent in the world steel industry, he has accumulated more than 80 patents primarily in steel food and beverage can design and fabrication. There is very little rigid packaging worldwide that was not influenced in some way by his work.
 He was graduated from Loyola University, Chicago, with a B.S. degree in chemistry and minor in mathematics. Following his graduation in 1948, he was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture until 1952 when he joined American Can Company. On Sept. 1, 1963, he joined National Steel Corporation as director of materials utilization, in which capacity he organized the department which became the Weirton Technology Center (WEIRTEC).
 He was a leader in such developments as light gauge, double-reduced tin free steel for drawn cans; multi-necking, multi-draw cans and draw-thin-redraw cans. He was also active in the development of improved flat-rolled products for containers, appliances, automotive and other applications. He was instrumental in the development of the drawn-and-iron canmaking process and the industry's first drawn-thin-redraw (DTR) process.
 Saunders was advanced to assistant to the vice president-sales in 1964; became assistant to the vice president-tin mill product sales in 1971; assistant to the president in 1978; vice president of material utilization in 1983; and senior vice president-product development and research, in 1988.
 Residents of Weirton, Saunders and his wife, Cleo, are the parents of two sons and two daughers.
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 /CONTACT: Charles R. Cronin of Weirton Steel, 304-797-2306/
 (WS) CO: Weirton Steel Corporation ST: West Virginia IN: MNG SU: PER


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