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Gerdau donates $1,800 to build beds for local community
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The Gerdau steel mill in Calvert City, Ky., donated nearly $2,000 to the Build-A-Bed, an initiative lead by AmeriCorps, to build beds for children in the community. On May 5, AmeriCorps built a total of 21 beds, four of which were sponsored by Gerdau.
“When we were originally approached about this opportunity, we were really touched,” said Holly Mackey, human resources manager at the Gerdau mill in Calvert City. “It makes you realize that there are children in your own backyard that are struggling, so we really wanted to get involved.”
The program began in 2009 when an AmeriCorps began researching the needs of those in the Calvert City community and found that there was an increasing need for beds in the area. Now the organization teams up with companies and volunteers to provide twin sized bed frames, twin mattresses and bed time bags, consisting of toiletries and necessities such as pajamas, sheets, nightlights and books.
Gerdau invests in the development and sustainability in the communities surrounding its locations, believing that the growth of a community is directly related to its respect for the community and the environment. The company supports hundreds of social projects with the help of employees’ engagement in volunteer work and in partnership with community agents.
Gerdau is a leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world. With over 45,000 employees, it has industrial operations in 14 countries - in the Americas, Europe and Asia - which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms, each year, millions of metric tons of scrap into steel, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development in the regions where it operates. With more than 140,000 shareholders, the Company is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York and Madrid.
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