Gerdau supports the 2012 edition of the MPE Brazil

Press release

More than 38,000 organizations are participating in this year's Award for Micro and Small Companies
(MSEs) Brazil, an initiative that recognizes the best management practices of micro and small companies in
Brazil. The Award is granted annually by Gerdau in a partnership with Sebrae Nacional, the Competitive Brazil
Movement (MBC), and the National Quality Foundation (FNQ). The number of participants in 2012 is 18%
larger than in 2011, when 32,000 organizations participated in the selection process.

The participating organizations answered a self-assessment questionnaire including questions based on the
Management Excellence Model® (MEG) of the National Quality Foundation (FNQ). The initiative will
recognize the best management practices in the categories of Industry, Trade, Services, Tourism,
Information Technology (IT), Health, Education, and Agribusiness, plus the highlights of Best Practices in
Social Responsibility and Innovation. In the 2012 competition, over 80 Gerdau employees are working as
volunteer assessors. Gerdau supports the award MPE Brasil through the Gerdau Institute which is
responsible for the Company's social responsibility policies and guidelines.

About Gerdau
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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