Oral History Interview with Frank Yaklich 1989 February 3
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Frank Yaklich was President of CF&I Steel Corporation. Born in Pueblo Frank attended the University of Colorado majoring in Engineering. In 1960 he worked 2 years for Inland. Came to the CF & I as an industrial engineer then assigned to maintenance in the 25" Mill from 1962-1964. From 1964-1967 he worked at the Seamless Tube Mill from 1967-1968 he was a design engineeer. In 1969 Frank worked as the Roll Shop Assistant Superintendent in 1970 he was the Superintendent of Rolling and Finishing at the Seamless Tube Mill and in 1974 he became Assistant General Superintendent of the Rolling and Finishing Mill. In Aug of 1974 Frank was promoted to General Superintendent of Minnequa Works and in 1976 he became the Works Manager. Crane took over the mill in 1969. Yaklich hired Gene Straushind and in 1989 there were 1500-2000 employees.