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Habitat for Humanity appoints Gerdau executive to board of directors
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Jim Kerkvliet, vice president of sales and marketing at Gerdau, has been appointed to the board of directors for Habitat Hillsborough. He has actively participated in four home builds with Habitat for Humanity since moving to Tampa six years ago.
“We are extremely pleased to have Jim join the Habitat Hillsborough Board of Directors,” said Brian Hastings, executive director of Habitat Hillsborough. “Not only does he bring great enthusiasm to the position, he also brings remarkable business acumen to our organization.”
At Gerdau, a global steel company with offices in Tampa, Kerkvliet is responsible for all domestic mill sales operations, international commercial sales operations and commercial marketing. He has more than 25 years experience in the steel industry and previously held senior leadership positions at Cargill Ferrous International, Cargill Steel & Wire and North Star Steel.
Gerdau began its fifth build with Habitat Hillsborough on Feb. 4 with a wall raising and dedication ceremony at Providence Pointe, the newest Habitat neighborhood in the Tampa Bay area. The development is going up on three acres of formerly county-owned land on Radio Lane, located between Sabal Park Industrial Park and the Tampa Bypass Canal off U.S. 301. The company celebrated the completion of the first home in the neighborhood on Sept. 10.
The company’s involvement with Habitat for Humanity supports its goal to help provide affordable housing and generate sustainable community development in the areas where it operates. Gerdau also has relationships with organizations such as United Way and Moffitt Cancer Center.
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. Gerdau is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world and transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York and Madrid and has approximately 140,000 shareholders.
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