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Gerdau Huntington celebrates three years without a lost time accident<p><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">A lot goes on at the Gerdau Huntington facility, where steel bars from the Gerdau Monroe, Michigan mill are heat treated, turned, polished, cut to size, and shipped to customers. But the top priority for Huntington’s 74 employees is to make sure they all go home safe at the end of the day.</font></span><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000">The Gerdau Huntington facility has reached three years without a lost time accident, which means no employee has had to miss work because of an injury sustained on the job in three years. In the manufacturing industry, one year without a lost time accident is a big accomplishment.<span>&#160; </span></font></font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“The team here has bought into the concept that we are all our brother’s keeper when it comes to safety,” Richard Card, plant manager, said. “If we see someone doing something that doesn’t seem safe, we say something to that person. We aren’t just responsible for our own safety but for the safety of those around us.”</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Card has been at the Huntington facility for two months. Before he was a routine facilitator at the Jackson, Michigan mill for almost two years and before that a management systems facilitator at the Monroe, Michigan mill for five years. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><span><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Card said it’s the Huntington facility’s motto that keeps everyone focused.</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“The team here utilizes the motto, ‘Safety First, Then Quality, Then Production.’ In the short time I’ve been at the facility, I’ve witnessed this philosophy in action in the decisions made by our teams when trying to solve problems,” Card said.</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">The Gerdau Huntington facility adds strength to its steel bars produced in Monroe, Michigan, as well as cutting bars to customer-specified lengths, among other processes. The steel is used in automobile parts and other types of machinery. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Employees held a celebration Aug. 11 attended by Gerdau Special Steel North America President Mark Marcucci. But their work is not done. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“Everyone knows how great it is that we’ve reached this milestone, but we also know we haven’t arrived at the finish line,” Card said. “We celebrate the accomplishment but don’t forget the bigger picture&#58; one lost time accident is too many.”</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica8/16/2017 3:32:38 PM8/16/2017 3:32:38 PM
Gerdau intern wins 2017 Forging Industry Women’s Scholarship<p><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Mechanical engineering&#58; it was the engineering field with the smallest number of full-time female wage and salary workers in 2016. 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Faced with the statistics and the stigmas, she hasn’t backed down from pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Arkansas. And the senior isn’t the only one who believes in her goals to work in the male-dominated industry. Johnston won the 2017 Forging Industry Women’s Scholarship. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">The $5,000 scholarship was established to set up talented women students in their pursuit of leadership and educational opportunities in select engineering and business majors. The win will allow Johnston to graduate debt free in December 2018. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color&#58;#2d3f6d;"><font face="Calibri" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“There are definite barriers to being a woman in the engineering field, and there is also the extensive list of questions that come when I say I am majoring in mechanical engineering,” Johnston said.</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><a href="http&#58;//www.air.org/resource/long-story-short-why-dont-more-women-pursue-stem-careers"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0000ff" size="3">Stigmas</font></span></span></a><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"> for women in engineering have been researched. Women studying for degrees in STEM fields can be isolated or marginalized, according to the American Institutes for Research. They may not be given the same encouragement because of gender biases. In <span style="background&#58;white;">architecture and engineering occupations, just 14% of full-time wage and salary workers were women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.</span></font></font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Putting her studies to the test, Johnston completed a summer internship at the Gerdau</font></span><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;Fort Smith steel mill. She will continue to intern at Gerdau part time during the fall semester. This real life experience has given her the full picture of what it’s like to be a woman working in mechanical engineering. Although there are stigmas, it’s not all bad. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“As with everything, being a woman in the steel industry comes with its own set of challenges, but the good definitely outweigh the bad,” Johnston said. “However, most people are extremely helpful and are always willing to answer any questions I might have. Along with this, here, at Gerdau, my ideas are seen as equal to anyone’s and are always taken into consideration.” </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Johnston works in the steel mill’s melt shop, where scrap is melted so it can be molded into steel bars. Ninety-eight percent of Gerdau’s steel is made from scrap, which can include old refrigerators, stove and cars. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“Some of my favorite parts of this internship have been the ability to learn about any part of the plant and the opportunity to work on projects to improve production within the plant,” Johnston said. “There is always something going on, whether it is a project or something happening in the plant.”</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">It’s this curiosity to learn that has driven Johnston to engineering</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“Growing up I was surrounded by cars and worked on them as much as possible with my dad,” Johnston said. “I loved getting to know how each and every vehicle works, and I loved learning how to fix them. I also loved building and creating anything and everything I could think of as a child out of any and every material I could think of.”</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica8/16/2017 3:26:49 PM8/16/2017 3:26:49 PM
Gerdau reports 2Q17 earnings<p>-&#160; Net sales reach R$9.2 billion in the quarter, with adjusted EBITDA of R$1.1 billion</p><p>-&#160; Adjusted net income of R$147 million, reversing the net loss in the first quarter</p><p>- &#160;Free cash flow reaches R$241 million in the second quarter</p><p>- Selling, general and administrative (SG&amp;A) expenses decrease 27% compared to the second quarter last year</p><p><span style="text-align&#58;justify;">In the second quarter of 2017, Gerdau posted net sales of R$9.2 billion, down 11% from the same period a year earlier. The result was mainly affected by the effects from exchange variation in the period on units located abroad and by the divestment of the special steel units in Spain. However, compared to the first quarter of 2017, net sales advanced 8%, supported by higher shipments at nearly all of the Company's business divisions.</span></p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">Meanwhile, consolidated shipments fell by 13% compared to the second quarter last year, amounting to 3.7 million tonnes. Compared to the first quarter, shipments grew by 3%. Steel production, which amounted to 4.1 million tonnes, accompanied the behavior of shipments, decreasing 5% from the second quarter last year and increasing 2% form the first quarter this year.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">Adjusted consolidated cash generation (EBITDA) amounted to R$1.1 billion in the second quarter, down 7% on the prior-year period, reflecting the lower gross profit, which was partially neutralized by the 27% reduction in selling, general and administrative expenses. Despite the lower EBITDA in the period, EBITDA margin expanded to 12.2%, from 11.7% in the second quarter of 2016. Compared to the first quarter of 2017, adjusted EBITDA advanced 31%, supported by improvements in all divisions. The highlights were the EBITDA growth of 54% in the Special Steel Division (includes the special steel mills in Brazil, United States and India), of 49% in the North America Division (increases the long steel plants in Canada, United States and Mexico) and of 22% in the Brazil Division (excludes the special steel plants).</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">In the second quarter, Gerdau also was able to reverse the adjusted net loss of R$34 million reported for the first quarter, with consolidated adjusted net income of R$147 million, supported by the higher EBITDA in the period. Net income in the quarter was adjusted by the deconsolidation of the operation in Colombia from the balance sheet, which has been treated as a jointly controlled entity since June, following the consummation of the sale of a 50% interest in Gerdau Diaco to Putney Capital Management.<br></p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">&quot;The better performance compared to the first quarter reflects the recovery in our main markets and our ongoing management efforts at all divisions. During the second quarter, we were able to reverse the net loss, generate free cash flow, cut expenses and keep debt stable. Over the coming quarters, we will continue to work to further improve our performance, enhance our profitability and create value for our shareholders,&quot; said CEO André Gerdau Johannpeter.<br></p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">In the second quarter, shipments to Brazil's domestic market (excludes the special steel mills), which were affected by the slowdown in the construction industry, came to 871 thousand tonnes, down 13% from the year-ago period and stable in relation to the first quarter. Exports from Brazil came to 510 thousand tonnes, 18% lower than in the second quarter of 2016 and 24% higher than in the first quarter this year.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">The operations in Canada, United States and Mexico (excluding the special steel mills) shipped 1.6 million tonnes of steel goods in the second quarter of 2017, down 5% from the same period a year earlier and stable compared to the first quarter of 2017, due to strong pressure in the region from imported goods.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">Meanwhile, the units in South America (excluding Brazil) shipped 441 thousand tonnes, or 17% less than in the second quarter of 2016, mainly due to lower shipments in the region and to the deconsolidation of the operation in Colombia, as mentioned above.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">Shipments by the Special Steel Business Division (includes the mills in Brazil, United States and India) came to 512 thousand tonnes, declining 14% from the second quarter of 2016, basically due to the divestment of the units in Spain. Compared to the first quarter of 2017, shipments advanced 16%, supported by higher sales volumes in all markets, with the highlight the improvement in Brazil's automotive industry.</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;">&#160;<strong style="text-align&#58;center;">Investments came to R$195 million in the second quarter</strong></p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">In the second quarter, capital expenditure (CAPEX) came to R$195 million. Of the total, 33% was allocated to the Brazilian Division, 34% to the units in North America, 19% to the units in other countries in South America and 14% to the Special Steel Division.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">In June, Gerdau started up its new melt shop in Pérez, Argentina, which is located 6 km from the Company's rolling mill in the region. The investment of R$786 million (US$ 232 million) was begun in 2014 and concluded this year. The melt shop has annual installed capacity of 650 thousand tonnes and will focus on serving domestic demand in Argentina.<br></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong>Gerdau S.A. to pay dividends on September 1</strong></p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">On September 1, Gerdau S.A., based on the results for the second quarter of 2017, will distribute dividends to be calculated towards the minimum mandatory dividends set forth in its Bylaws. A total of R$34.2 million will be distributed to the shareholders of Gerdau S.A. (earnings per share of R$0.02).<br></p>https://www.gerdau.com8/10/2017 1:42:04 PM8/10/2017 1:42:04 PM
Two Gerdau employees change transportation law<p>​<span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE – “It started with an email,” Gerdau Knoxville steel mill employee David Turner said. </font></span><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">For almost a year, Turner and Phillip Skeens, also a Knoxville steel mill employee, exchanged emails with Tennessee Rep. 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Jimmy Matlock, who lives in my home location, Lenoir City,” Turner said. “He owns Matlock Tire, which I am a customer of, and I also knew from observations over the years that Rep. Matlock had the political values to understand the impact to our business and other businesses.” <span style="">&#160;</span></font></font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Skeens worked with Turner to perfect the language of an amendment. 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It was worth a shot, so we reached out to see if we could make a difference.”</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica8/4/2017 6:43:23 PM8/4/2017 6:43:23 PM
Gerdau St. Paul mill celebrates 50th anniversary<p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> <span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000">ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, August 4, 2017 – Dennis Riley has manufactured paper folders and the sticky film for tape. But it wasn’t the tape that stuck with Riley, a routine facilitator at the Gerdau North America St. Paul mill. It was steel. </font></span><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></span></p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3" style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3" style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font color="#000000">Riley has been working at the St. Paul steel mill for 42 years – almost as long as the mill has been operating. 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Gerdau analyst named VP of Metals Service Center Institute Florida Chapter<p>​<span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">TAMPA, FLORIDA Aug. 3, 2017 – Julie Pierce, a VMI analyst at Gerdau North America’s headquarters, has been named the vice president of Metals Service Center Institute’s Florida Chapter.</font></span><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Pierce has been on the board of directors since before she started at Gerdau four and a half years ago.</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“Gerdau has encouraged and supported me to stay on the board,” Pierce said. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">She has held officers positions on the board, including secretary, treasurer, and scholarship liaison.&#160;Each year, the Florida Chapter gives up to five scholarships of $12,000 to help students with a four-year degree and up to three scholarships of $3,000 to help a student with a two-year trade school or community college associate’s degree. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“I don’t have kids but to see students’ and their parents’ reaction and appreciation is worth the hard work to raise the money to give out the scholarships on an annual basis,” Pierce said. “The board of directors are members of the chapter that are customers and competitors all working for the same cause&#58; to help students reach their dreams.”</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">The scholarship fund is supported by an annual charity golf outing, which was renamed the Shirley Rogers Memorial Golf Tournament.&#160; </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“Shirley Rogers was a Gerdau employee and was instrumental in helping and getting this program up and running when the chapter was established,” Pierce said.</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">After her vice president term,&#160;Pierce will serve as president. &#160;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica8/4/2017 5:50:00 PM8/4/2017 5:50:00 PM
Congratulations to the 2017 scholarship winners<p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">​Every year, Gerdau gives away scholarships to children of Gerdau North America employees. The scholarships are worth $2,500 and can be renewed for up to four years. Students must apply for the scholarships and complete an essay. They are selected on their academic achievements and extracurricular activities. </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">For an E-book with each scholarship winner's stories and photos, visit </span><a href="http&#58;//tinyurl.com/gerdauscholarshipwinners2017"><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span style="background&#58;white;line-height&#58;107%;"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0563c1">http&#58;//tinyurl.com/gerdauscholarshipwinners2017</font></span></span></strong></a><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span style="background&#58;white;color&#58;black;line-height&#58;107%;"> </span></strong><font class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" color="#000000" size="3"> </font></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">Meet the 2017 Gerdau scholarship winners&#58;</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">Joaquin Borggio, Florida<br>Rebecca Fox, Manitoba<br>Ana Garza, Ontario<br>Robyn Grahame, Manitoba<br>Preslie Grumbles, Texas<br>Maleah Hipsher, Tennessee<br>Lisa McFadzean, Manitoba<br>Breanna McNaughton, Arkansas<br>Zachary Menz, Kentucky<br>Valerie Quarles, Minnesota<br>Rex Ryan, Florida<br>Nicole Wang, Florida<br>Jake Weith, Texas<br>Noelle Wilson, Arkansas<br>Hanna Yu, Pennsylvania</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"></span><br></p><p><br></p>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica7/18/2017 8:14:32 PM7/18/2017 8:14:32 PM
Gerdau wins Raw Materials Provider of the Year award<p><span style="font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"></font></font></span></p><p>Gerdau has been recognized as the 2017 Raw Materials/Consumables Provider of the Year.&#160;</p><p>The award was presented Tuesday, June 27, as part of the American Metal Market (AMM) Awards for Steel Excellence ceremony. Peter Campo, president of Gerdau Long Steel North America, accepted the award&#160;on behalf of Gerdau.<br></p><p>Gerdau was recognized for the company's installation of a new state-of-the-art non-ferrous scrap separation system at its Jackson, Tennessee facility. The separation system sorts and extracts stainless steel, copper, aluminum and other non-ferrous materials not used in the manufacture of steel, reducing the amount of material going to a landfill. The $20 million capital improvement project added 30 new jobs at the facility. Successful completion of the project required the active involvement of all departments.<br></p><p>&quot;It is a tremendous honor for Gerdau to win this award, as it reflects both our teamwork and our commitment to innovate and invest in value-based strategies. We will continue to focus on initiatives that improve our efficiency and ability to provide expanded services to our customers,&quot; said Campo.</p><p>The Jackson mill has received positive feedback from customers regarding product quality, consistency and cleanliness.</p><p>The AMM Awards for Steel Excellence are among the most prestigious and recognizable in the global steel industry. They recognize world-class innovation and excellence throughout the steel industry supply chain.&#160;<br></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica6/28/2017 6:50:36 PM6/28/2017 6:50:36 PM
Victory for U.S. steel producers: foreign imports unfairly traded<p>WASHINGTON, DC<em>&#160;</em>— In a victory for U.S. steel producers, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made affirmative final determinations Friday, June 16,&#160;in the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations on steel concrete reinforcing bar (rebar) from Japan and Turkey.&#160;The ITC found U.S. rebar producers have been materially injured by unfairly traded imports of rebar from these countries, paving the way for the imposition of AD/CVD orders. All five Commissioners participating in the case voted in favor of the domestic industry.&#160; </p><p>The ITC determination follows a September 2016 petition filed by the Rebar Trade Action Coalition (RTAC), alleging that unfairly dumped rebar from Japan, Taiwan and Turkey and subsidized rebar from Turkey is injuring the U.S. industry and threatening the industry with additional injury. The members of RTAC include Byer Steel Group, Inc., Commercial Metals Company, Gerdau Ameristeel U.S. Inc., Nucor Corporation and Steel Dynamics, Inc.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">&quot;The ITC's findings are a critical step toward restoring fair trade to the U.S. steel market and providing important relief to U.S. producers of rebar,&quot; said Alan Price, chair of Wiley Rein's International Trade Practice and counsel to RTAC. &#160;&quot;We welcome the final decision and commend the ITC and the Commerce Department for their hard work on these cases.&quot;&#160; </p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">&quot;This decision confirms that the U.S. steel industry and its workers have been devastated by unfairly traded rebar imports from Japan and Turkey,&quot; Price said. &quot;With today's decision, the Commission is stating that foreign countries and producers that do not abide by the rules of international trade will be held accountable.&#160;We look forward to a similar determination on rebar imports from Taiwan in July.&quot; </p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">Price further noted, &quot;while this is an important result, it is far from the only step necessary to address the steel import crisis affecting the domestic rebar industry.&#160;We urge the President to provide comprehensive relief in the steel Section 232 proceeding to address fully the national security implications caused by massive global excess capacity.&quot;</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">Prior to today's ITC vote, the Commerce Department determined that producers in the subject countries were dumping rebar into the United States at the following margins&#58; Japan (206.43% – 209.46%) and Turkey (5.39% - 8.17%).&#160;AD orders will be issued, imposing duties at these levels. In addition, Commerce found that a rebar producer in Turkey, the only country of the three that was also subject to a CVD investigation, was being unfairly subsidized at a rate of 15.99%. &#160;Commerce's final determination in the Taiwan AD investigation will be issued next month, and the ITC will then vote in the Taiwan investigation.&#160; </p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">In 2014, the ITC also made affirmative final injury determinations in cases on rebar from Mexico and certain other producers in Turkey.&#160; </p>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica6/16/2017 4:50:01 PM6/16/2017 4:50:01 PM
Gerdau Knoxville steel mill donates bikes, hosts charity golf tournament<p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000">KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE May 30, 2017 – Employees at Gerdau’s Knoxville, Tennessee steel mill have been busy in the community this May. </font></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span><span style="background&#58;white;font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000">Gerdau Knoxville presented new bicycles and helmets to 12 Lonsdale Elementary School students in recognition of best attendance during the 2016-17 school year. </font></span><span style="color&#58;black;font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;">The presentation marked the sixth year the Knoxville steel mill has rewarded the school’s students with the best attendance. </span></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span style="color&#58;black;font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span><span style="color&#58;black;font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;">Gerdau presented the bikes and helmets to kindergartners James Harelimana and Aida Geronimo-Miguel; 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