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Gerdau Employees in Jackson Help Habitat for Humanity Renovate House for Domestic Violence Survivors
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Aware Shelter donates house and partners with Habitat for Humanity to identify family
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Local Gerdau employees and family members teamed up with Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity this past Saturday to work on exterior renovations to a house that is intended for a family of domestic violence survivors. This is the second year Gerdau’s Jackson employees have worked with Habitat for Humanity.
The house is located on the east side of town and was formerly owned by the Aware Shelter. Aware donated the house to Habitat for Humanity in 2009 with the agreement that the renovated house would be given to a family that had been victim to domestic violence.
“This is our current Woman’s Build program and a partnership project between Habitat for Humanity, the Aware Shelter, and our corporate sponsors, such as Gerdau,” said Chris Kilmer, executive director of Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity. Bringing all of these different groups together is what Habitat is all about. It’s what makes a difference in our local communities.”
Habitat for Humanity is committed to providing decent and affordable housing to needy families that are willing to invest hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” into building their home. With the help of volunteers and corporate sponsors, the Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity has built 37 new homes since its inception in 1978 and has completed more than 11 major home repair projects, housing approximately 170 needy Jackson residents.
Gerdau encourages its employees around the world to participate in volunteer activities and supports a number of non-profit organizations annually. Last year Gerdau and its employees in Jackson donated more than $140,000 to various local non-profits.
“Gerdau is committed to contributing to the communities in which we operate,” said Jack Finlayson, president of Gerdau Special Steel North America. “Partnering with Habitat for Humanity is one of the many ways that Gerdau gives back to the Jackson community by helping improve the quality of life of some of our neighbors who need a home in which to raise their families.”
Gerdau Special Steel North America is an engineered steel bar producer headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, with world-class steel manufacturing plants in Jackson and Monroe, Michigan and Fort Smith, Arkansas. The company produces SBQ (special bar quality) carbon and alloy hot rolled and bright cold finished steel bar products.
Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world. It has more than 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, which together represent an installed capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of Sao Paulo, New York and Madrid and has approximately 140,000 shareholders.
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. For more information, visit
or call (517) 784-6620.
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