CHELYABINSK, Russia, April 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mechel OAO (NYSE:MTL), one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, reports the visit of Russian President's Plenipotentiary Representative in the Urals Federal Region Igor Kholmanskikh to Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant. Russian President's Plenipotentiary Representative in the Urals Federal Region Igor Kholmanskikh, accompanied by Chelyabinsk Region's Governor Mikhail Yurevich, visited the construction site of the universal rolling mill, where works had entered their final stage. Mechel OAO's Vice-President for Government Relations Viktor Trigubko, Vice-President for Technological Development Andrey Deineko and Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant OAO's Managing Director Rashid Nugumanov acquainted the delegation with the process of start-up and adjustment operations at the universal rolling mill's objects. A presentation video showing production stages of the unique rail products with state-of-the-art rolling, correction, processing and quality control technologies. These technical achievements will allow the plant to produce rails that will be superior to their foreign analogues on several key counts, due to the specifics of rail exploitation in Russia. Igor Kholmanskikh spoke highly of the importance the universal rolling mill's construction project has for the economy of the Chelyabinsk Region and the entire country, and noted the uniqueness of the rail production technology created at Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant. The project of Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant's universal rolling mill for production of long rails and structural shapes was included in the list of the Urals Federal Region's priority investment projects, approved by the Russian Federation's government. Its launch will initiate development of related industries in Russia, ensure supplies of high-quality steel products on competitive prices for Russian Railways OAO and construction companies, as well as decrease their dependence on imports and international market volatility. Besides, the mill complex's launch will resolve some regional social issues, including by creation of over 1,000 new jobs in the perspective.