Gerdau's commitment to a sustainable future is reflected in our environmental steward such as maintaining "green spaces" on mill properties. This tangible effort of co-existence with surrounding land provides both a buffer for neighboring property uses and a set-aside for nature to prosper.Some examples of Gerdau green spaces in North America include:JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDAOccupying a total of 600 acres, the Jacksonville mill has set aside 415 acres of untouched wetland creation area and conservation easement, including two lakes used for employee recreational fishing.ST. PAUL, MINNESOTAThe St. Paul mill, situated on 155 acres alongside the Mississippi River in Minnesota, has dedicated 24 acres of green space, established when Gerdau purchased the property in 2004. Seven acres are maintained as native prairie, with the remaining 17 acres set aside for flood plain.CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIAEstablished in 1975 on 350 total acres, the Cartersville mill has more than two-thirds of the property – 240 acres – set aside as green space. This area is comprised of untouched forest areas, and a large vegetative berm and buffer from neighboring industry and surface water. PETERSBURG, VIRGINIALocated along the Appomattox River, Petersburg is an area rich with history, forested regions and wildlife. Of the total 1,350 acres that the Petersburg mill occupies, 570 are green space of untouched forest areas, including a large vegetative berm.
FORT SMITH, ARKANSASOf the 238 acres that comprise the Fort Smith mill, more than half – 126 acres – were established as a green space of wetlands, a creek, forest areas and lawns, maintaining a co-existence with the regional landscape alongside the Oklahoma border. JACKSON, MICHIGANSituated on 289 acres in southern Michigan, the Jackson mill preserves 185 acres of wetlands, creeks, forested areas and lawns, consistent with the region's rural landscape, full of agricultural uses and lakes.JACKSON, TENNESSEEThe Jackson, Tenn. mill occupies 625 total acres, with 390 acres established as a green space, consisting of untouched forested land, wetlands, kept lawn and a wildlife habitat (Riparian Buffer Zone) as part of a Conservation Reserve Program.WILTON, IOWALocated in the heart of America's agricultural heartland, the Wilton mill is comprised of 184 total acres, of which six are maintained as a native Midwest prairie grass area.MIDLOTHIAN, TEXASAmong the largest steel producing facilities in the Americas, the Gerdau mill property encompasses a total of 1,369 acres. Of this total, 839 acres have been established as green space, consistent with the area's wildlife and agricultural purposes.