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Gerdau Manitoba mill helps to recycle millions of tires<p><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">SELKIRK, MANITOBA April 11, 2017 – What do you do with millions of tires? </font></span><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Recycle them. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Gerdau North America, a steel manufacturer in Selkirk, and Reliable Tire Recycling, in Winnipeg, have partnered for over 10 years to recycle tires in Manitoba. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Reliable Tire Recycling drops off tires at Gerdau, where Gerdau recycles the tire rims. Gerdau is one of the largest recyclers in North America, and 98 percent of its steel is made from recycled scrap metals. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">In turn, Reliable Tire Recycling takes from Gerdau a load of tires to be made into rubber products, such as mats for hockey rinks and gyms. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">The partnership increased its tire numbers in 2015, when Gerdau had a surplus of tires in its yard.</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“I contacted Reliable Tire and asked if there was interest in taking more tires,” Chad Webster, Gerdau’s division manager, said. “It turns out they had a need for more tires, and we certainly had a need to get rid of the tires we had onsite. We set up dedicated runs each week, and we were able to eliminate our tire surplus.”</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Reliable Tire Recycling began picking up tires two to three times per week in May 2015 to reduce Gerdau’s tire inventory. Since then, Gerdau has shipped 433 tons of tires to Reliable Tire for recycling. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“It’s important to recycle tires as they take anywhere from 50 to 80 years for a single tire to decompose,” Webster said. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">In the past year, Gerdau has recycled 173 tons of steel rims from Reliable Tire. The steel rims go into a shredder and then are sent to the melt shop to be made into steel products used in transport, agri-business, and mining equipment, and in the construction of buildings.</font></span><font color="#000000" face="Calibri" size="3"> </font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Reliable Tire recycles over 1.5 million tires a year from various sources, including Gerdau. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“We do a plethora of products. The most popular would be rubber matting,” Jarrett Wiebe, Reliable Tire’s sales manager, said. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">In addition to hockey rinks and gyms, rubber matting is used in horse stalls. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Other projects include rain splash pads and rubber mulch, which is used for landscaping instead of wood mulch. Rubber mulch is found in the Manitoba Legislative Building. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Rubber parking and sidewalk curbs are also popular. An 8-foot concrete curb weighs 350 pounds, whereas, a rubber curb of the same size weighs 100 pounds. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“We have a very good relationship with Gerdau and would like to continue that,” Chris Middleton, logistics manager for Reliable Tire Recycling, said. “We work hand in hand to facilitate their needs.”</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Webster agrees. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">“A real win-win,” Webster said. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica4/27/2017 8:46:52 PM4/27/2017 8:46:52 PM
Carrollton reaches 12 years without a lost time accidenthttps://www.gerdau.com/northamerica4/27/2017 8:41:20 PM4/27/2017 8:41:20 PM
Charlotte steel mill does more than recycle scrap<p>​</p><p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA April 22, 2017 – Gerdau is one of the largest recyclers in North America. Ninety-eight percent of its steel is produced from scrap metals that come from everyday things, such as automobiles and old stoves. Gerdau’s Charlotte mill used 184,255 net tons of scrap in 2016. </font></span></p><p><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000">But at the Charlotte mill, there’s more recycling going on than melting scrap into steel products.&#160;<span style="">&#160;</span></font></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 size="3"><font color="#000000">Gerdau Charlotte employees have a continuous cellphone drive for the <span style="">Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network, a local women’s shelter</span></font></font><font color="#000000" size="3">. 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The Human Resources and Safety departments came up with the idea. 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The glasses are repurposed and given to the Lions Club, which donates the glasses to local shelters. The initiative has been going on for eight years. Recently, Gerdau Charlotte donated 25 pairs of glasses.</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">Used printer cartridges from Gerdau Charlotte are donated to the Lions Club, as well. The club is then reimbursed from the printer manufacturers, and the club uses the money from the cartridges to support charity efforts in the community.</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">“Disposing of these items in a landfill is a cost that is not necessary,” Churchill said. “We have an opportunity to contribute to our community and show our support as a long-term business in the Charlotte area.”</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><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">It’s not only people in need who benefit from Gerdau Charlotte’s recycling efforts – the environment does too. </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><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Gerdau Charlotte receives defective batteries from major suppliers such as Energizer, Duracell, Asheboro Recycling, Battery Solutions and Spectrum Brands. 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Duluth grinding ball plant celebrates 40th anniversary<p>​DULUTH, MINNESOTA, April 27, 2017 – Almost forty years ago, Dave Pierson was hauling wires and construction material while working on a crew tasked with building a $4.5 million steel plant.</p><p>Now, Pierson works at the plant as a sales representative – but not before he worked on the production line as a forge operator then a front line supervisor. He made his way up the ladder, first as a Cargill employee, then as a Gerdau employee when Gerdau purchased the grinding ball plant in 2004.</p><p>The plant celebrated its 40th anniversary Tuesday, April 25. Thanks to a <a href="http&#58;//www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4255619-bygones-april-25-2017">history brief</a> in the Duluth News Tribune, the plant was able to learn the exact date of its anniversary after an employee hung the brief in the plant's lunchroom. ​</p><p>&quot;It was exciting for Duluth and the community to add a new facility and jobs,&quot; Pierson said about the first days of the plant. </p><p>Pierson was in his early 20s when he started working on the construction of the plant, which is near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border on Lake Superior. Cargill then hired him as its employee to complete the plant, a North Star Steel unit. After construction was complete, he worked in production. He's been with the plant since January 1978.</p><p>In 1977, the plant was shipping about 1,500 tons of forged alloy steel grinding balls and had 12 employees on three lines. When the plant began production, Ronald Bone, the general manager, said the plant would ultimately employ 50 workers.</p><p>&quot;Low and behold that is where we are at,&quot; John Kuhn, plant manager, said. &quot;What Bone did not know at the time is we would be operating four lines with 50 people, and not three.&quot;</p><p>In 2000, the fourth production line was added. That's when employee count went from about 40 people to 50.</p><p>Cargill sold the plant in 2004 to Gerdau. Pierson said Cargill was focusing more on agriculture and less on steel.</p><p>&quot;It was a good change,&quot; Pierson said. &quot;We thought it was good for the plant to be owned by a company that's focused in steel.&quot;</p><p>Under Gerdau, in 2005, the plant made improvements in the chemistry of its grinding balls, improving the wear. That same year, the plant reached its peak in production at 117,000 tons of grinding ball sales.</p><p>Grinding balls are used largely in the mining industry to crush materials into powders used in paints, ceramics and pyrotechnics, among others. When the plant first started, it was primarily producing grinding balls for Minnesota's taconite industry. Pierson has an interest in geology and a background in metallurgy and said he enjoys the technical work behind what he does.</p><p>&#160;&quot;We make a very high-quality ball,&quot; Pierson said. &quot;We've been able to grow in quality and service.&quot;</p><p>&#160;</p>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica4/27/2017 8:22:29 PM4/27/2017 8:22:29 PM
Taking physical fitness virtual: Gerdau using a mobile app in its 2017 10K-A-Day challenge<p>​PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA March 29, 2017 – Deer bound over the hills that make up 1,300 acres surrounding Gerdau’s Petersburg, Virginia steel mill. Thanks to a new 1.7-mile trail on the mill’s property, employees have spotted the deer while walking during breaks.</p><p>The trail was finished in time for the start of an employee health initiative by steel manufacturer Gerdau North America. Through Health Enhancement Systems’ 10K-A-Day program, Gerdau has invested in digital pedometers for thousands of employees. </p><p>The goal&#58; for each participant to reach 10,000 steps a day for 10 weeks, starting April 17.&#160; </p><p>Gerdau has encouraged employee walking through official programming since 2012. But this is the first year the walking initiative will have a mobile app, bringing the physical world of its corporate wellness program into the virtual world.</p><p>Technology in corporate wellness programs has risen in popularity thanks to “gamification” elements. </p><p>Keas, a health management platform, has digital platforms for employees to set custom goals, track activity, play games, and take quizzes. Hotseat has employees playing against each other in short fitness challenges, such as a “Gangham Style” dance competition. </p><p>Gerdau will use an app through Health Enhancement Systems, offered through Gerdau’s wellness provider, HealthFitness. Employees won’t only be able to track their goals -- they can choose to hike over a dozen world-famous trails, such as the Appalachian Trail, within the app. As employees walk their neighborhoods, offices, and -- in Petersburg’s case, an onsite walking trail -- they can track their progress on the virtual trail within the app. As they reach certain points in the virtual trail, photos and descriptions will pop up in the app. </p><p>The app was an attractive aspect to Charlotte Mapes, Gerdau North America’s health promotion manager. Not only is it an enticing challenge for employees to complete the distance of a famous trail, she says some Gerdau employees do not have a computer to track their steps after their walks. With a mobile app, they can use their phones on the go and connect with team members who are not in the same mill or office location.</p><p>“It jumpstarts everybody’s focus on their health goals and helps with camaraderie – the team aspect of it,” Mapes says. </p><p>The Health Enhancement Systems trail apps are a hit with users and it has added two new trails per year. </p><p>In 2015, there were more than 165,000 mobile health apps on the market, more than doubling over the previous two years. Part of the popularity of fitness apps are incentives. Less than one in five employees will participate in wellness programs that do not offer rewards – four in five will participate when incentives are offered, according to the Incentive Research Foundation. </p><p>Gamification elements – such as real time tracking, quizzes and challenges -- and social connections -- such as teams and leaderboards -- are big incentives when it comes to employee engagement in company-sponsored wellness programs. <br></p>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica3/31/2017 3:40:27 PM3/31/2017 3:40:27 PM
Cartersville mill reaches five years without a lost time accident​In the days leading up to Monday, Feb. 27, Ecky Hall nearly jumped out of his chair whenever his phone rang. Hall is the safety manager at Gerdau’s Cartersville mill, and the mill was about to reach five years without a lost&#160;time accident.<br><br>Five years without a&#160;lost&#160;time accident, which means an injury has not caused an employee to miss work, is a highly regarded achievement in the steel industry. According to the Steel Manufacturers Association, there were 816 injury incidents in 2016 for major domestic steel producers.<br><br> Feb. 27 came and went – and just like that, the mill became the first United States Gerdau facility to reach the milestone. <br><br> In reality, it doesn’t happen “just like that.” Reaching five years with no lost&#160;time accidents takes more than time. It takes safety program after safety program, high voltage breaker robots, cameras and cranes, and the mindfulness of all 350 Cartersville employees.<br><br> “This didn’t come to being without a lot of work by everyone – visitors, truck drivers, contractors,” Hall said while in his office with part of his Safety Committee Friday, March 3. “They’ve done a tremendous job, not just the safety committee, but the employees.”&#160;<br><br> Cartersville mill’s Safety Committee meets every Friday to do walkthrough audits of the mill. The weekly audits began two years ago and take three hours to complete. The mill is divided into four sections and a different section is reviewed each week under co-chairs Rodney Martin, representing the melting process, and Tommy McGill, representing the rolling mill. The team, with some members who have worked at the mill for more than 40 years, take photos of procedures that need improvement – and also what’s being done right and safely.<br><br> In addition to the audits, contractors fill out hazard work assessments. Near-miss reports are reviewed, and employees get corrective training. <br><br> According to the International Labour Organization, one of the most common causes of injury in the iron and steel industry are falls on the same level and from height. One measure to prevent this at Cartersville is a tarping system, or retractable platform, that keeps truck drivers safe from falls. The tarping system keeps drivers from having to climb on top of their trucks when covering a load. <br><br> Hall has worked for U.S. Steel and North Star Steel, but he said Gerdau sets itself apart. <br><br> “Out of all the mills I’ve worked … I’ve never had the people. The&#160;people out here&#160;are&#160;why this (safety achievement) was made possible,” Hall said. “These people will bend over backwards to get stuff done.”<br><br> Many of the employees at Cartersville come from a family of steel workers. Bull Pharr, part of the Safety Committee, has worked at the mill for 43 years. His grandfather, brother and son all have steel industry experience. Martin has two sons in the industry and McGill’s dad, son and brother have also worked in steel. For Hall, steel is a family tradition as well. <br><br> “I was born to work in a steel mill,” Hall, whose father worked in one for 40 years, said. “That’s all I knew. You grow up and go to work in a steel mill. It’s a family thing.”​​<br><br> Because of the proud tradition of steel among many Gerdau employees, there is a camaraderie they find at the mill. They help each other. They look out for each other. They keep each other safe. <br><br> “Mr. Ecky Hall, he puts boots on the ground when he comes out here,” Martin said. “He doesn’t sit in the office.”​<br><br> Cartersville is the third Gerdau North American mill to earn the milestone. Two mills in Canada recently received the award.<br> ​https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica3/6/2017 5:01:28 PM3/6/2017 5:01:28 PM
Gerdau team members take icy plunge for Special Olympics<p>​For Gerdau employees, it's a tradition of giving back that has lasted a decade&#58; jumping into near-freezing water for <a href="http&#58;//www.sonj.org/">Special Olympics New Jersey</a>. </p><p>Gerdau had 18 team members from the Sayreville steel mill participate&#160;in the<a href="http&#58;//www.plungeseaside.org/"> Polar Bear Plunge </a>in Seaside Heights Saturday, Feb. 25. They raised $1,800 for Special Olympics New Jersey. This is the 10th year Gerdau has had team members participate in the plunge.</p><p>&quot;Although it was a beautiful day, hovering around 60 degrees, the water was still only 42 degrees,&quot; Megan Carson, human resources manager, said. </p><p>The water temperature wasn't a deterrent – and has never been one – for Gerdau team members in their 10 years of taking the plunge. </p><p>&quot;There is nothing like jumping in the Atlantic Ocean in February,&quot; Carson said.</p><p>In addition to raising money for Special Olympics New Jersey, as part of Gerdau's long history of social responsibility initiatives, the Polar Bear Plunge is an opportunity for team members to bond with each other and spend time with their families.</p><p>This year, the Polar Bear Plunge had over 6,700 participants and raised over $1.8 million. Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health screenings to more than 25,000 athletes for free. <br></p>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica3/1/2017 3:12:33 PM3/1/2017 3:12:33 PM
Gerdau reports 2016 net sales of R$ 38 billion<p></p><ul><li>Consolidated adjusted EBITDA came to R$ 4 billion, despite the challenging global scenario for the steel industry and the recession in Brazil, while consolidated adjusted net income amounted to R$91 million.</li></ul><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">&#160;</p><ul><li>Free cash generation, a financial priority of the Company, came to R$ 2.3 billion in the year, with a highlight free cash flow in the fourth quarter of R$1.2 billion. This marked the seventh straight quarter that Gerdau has delivered positive free cash flow.</li></ul><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">&#160;</p><ul><li>Gerdau's management efforts also were evident in the reductions achieved in capital expenditure, selling, general and administrative expenses and net debt.</li></ul><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">&#160;</p><ul><li>Divestments in the year came to R$1.2 billion, which is in line with the Company's strategy to focus on its more profitable assets. </li></ul><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">&#160;</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">Gerdau ended 2016 with consolidated net sales of R$37.7 billion, a reduction of 14% from 2015, which is mainly due to the lower steel shipments at all business divisions and the divestment of the special steel units in Spain. Shipments and production both amounted to 16 million tonnes, representing decreases of 8% and 7%, respectively, compared to the prior year.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">Gerdau's results in 2016 were also influenced by nonrecurring items related to noncash accounting write-offs, particularly of fixed assets and goodwill, in the amount of R$2.9 billion. Therefore, the Company is reporting its EBITDA and net income on an adjusted basis to reflect better its performance and the respective internal management efforts at all of its divisions. On this basis, adjusted operating cash generation (EBITDA), i.e. excluding nonrecurring items, came to R$4 billion, down 10% from 2015, reflecting the decline in gross profit, which was partially offset by the R$343 million reduction in selling, general and administrative expenses. Consolidated adjusted net income amounted to R$91 million and, including the effects from nonrecurring items, the net result was a loss of R$2.9 billion.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">&quot;Despite the challenges in the global steel industry and the recession in Brazil, we delivered positive results in 2016 and met our priorities for the year, thanks to the intensive management efforts made by our teams at all divisions. In 2016, we posted free cash generation of R$2.3 billion, reduced our investments by 43% on a year earlier and cut general and administrative expenses by 13%, which allowed us to reduce our net debt by 26% and to improve our leverage ratios. These achievements were complemented by the divestments of R$1.3 billion in 2016, which reflect the strategy to focus on our more profitable assets. All these efforts were recognized by the capital markets during the year, given the sharp appreciation in the stock prices of Gerdau S.A. and Metalúrgica Gerdau S.A.,&quot; said Gerdau CEO André B. Gerdau Johannpeter.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">In the fourth quarter, Gerdau's net sales amounted to R$8.6 billion, decreasing 18% on the same period of 2015. Shipments came to 3.8 million tonnes, down 2% from the same period of 2015, while production decreased 14% to 3.3 million tonnes. In the period from October to December, adjusted operating cash generation (EBITDA) amounted to R$716 million, down 21% from the same period of 2015. In the fourth quarter, Gerdau posted an adjusted consolidated net loss of R$205 million; including nonrecurring items, the net loss in the quarter was R$3 billion.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">In 2016, shipments declined in all markets served by Gerdau. Shipments to Brazil's domestic market came to 3.7 million tonnes in the year, decreasing 13% in relation to 2015, due to the slowdown in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Exports from Brazil, however, advanced 9% to 2.4 million tonnes, reflecting the commercial efforts made in the international market.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">In 2016, the operations in Canada, United States and Mexico (excluding the mills producing special steels) shipped 6 million tonnes, down 4% from the prior year, due to the continued flow of imported goods into the region and to the uncertainty regarding the presidential elections in the United States, with these factors partially mitigated by the continued strong demand from the non-residential construction sector. In South America (excluding the Brazil division), shipments came to 2.1 million tonnes, 6% lower than in 2015.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">&#160;The special steel division (includes mills in Brazil, United States and India) shipped 2.1 million tonnes in 2016, 20% less than in 2015, reflecting the divestment of the units in Spain and, to a lesser extent, the lower shipments by the units in Brazil.</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong>Divestments amounted to R$1.3 billion in 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">Gerdau continued to execute its strategy of focusing on its more profitable assets by divesting in the year assets worth R$1.3 billion based on their economic value. The divestments comprised the special steel units in Spain, a long steel mill in Colombia, Cleary Holdings Corp (producer of coke and holder of coking coal reserves in Colombia), a 30% interest in Corporación Centroamericana del Acero and manufacturing units and properties in the United States. Since 2014, divestments have amounted to R$2.4 billion. Over these three years, the Company has sold 13 assets in the United States, Europe and Latin America.</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong>Investments amount to R$1.3 billion in 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">In 2016, investments in fixed assets came to R$1.3 billion, 43% lower than in 2015, reflecting the more rigorous criteria adopted for approving new investments. The highlights in the year were the conclusion of the investments in flat steel, with the startup of the heavy plate rolling mill at the Ouro Branco Mill, and the completion of construction of the melt shop in Argentina, which is scheduled to start up in March 2017.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">For fiscal year 2017, Gerdau will continue to limit its capital expenditure and expects to invest R$1.3 billion, prioritizing investments in capturing productivity gains and in maintaining its plants.</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong>​Gerdau S.A. distributes R$85.4 million in dividends in 2016</strong></p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">In fiscal year 2016, Gerdau S.A. allocated R$85.4 million (R$0.05 per share) to the payment of dividends, which was distributed from the profit earned in the first nine months of 2016 and from the retained earnings reserve.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">Metalúrgica Gerdau S.A., however, reported a net loss of R$1.4 billion in 2016. Even after adjusting the result by the proportionate interest in non-recurring events at Gerdau S.A. in the fiscal year, Metalúrgica Gerdau S.A. recorded a net loss of R$239 million. Given the net loss in the year and the financial obligations exceeding cash generation, the company did not distribute dividends in fiscal year 2016.</p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;"><strong>About Gerdau</strong></p><p style="text-align&#58;justify;">Gerdau is a leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world. In Brazil, it also produces flat steel and iron ore, activities that are expanding its product mix and boosting its competitiveness. It is also the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms each year millions of tons of scrap into steel, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development in the regions where it operates. Gerdau's shares are listed on the São Paulo, New York and Madrid stock exchanges.&#160;</p>https://www.gerdau.com2/22/2017 2:16:20 PM2/22/2017 2:16:20 PM
The art of recycling: Art students visit scrap yard for sculpture materials<div>A hard hat and safety vest isn’t the usual outfit for an art student at the University of Tennessee, but it was the required uniform Saturday, Jan. 21, while 10 sculpture program students dug around in Gerdau’s Knoxville scrap yard.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>The students plan to make sculptures for an April exhibit to celebrate National Recycling Month. Every year, Gerdau recycles more than 14 million metric tons of steel scrap into new steel. Most of the scrap recycled by Gerdau comes from materials no longer used by the community, such as stoves, refrigerators and old cars. The Knoxville mill recycles discarded steel into reinforcing bar, which is used to support concrete in new bridges, buildings&#160;and other structures.</div><div><br></div><div>The students gathered 4,800 pounds of scrap metal, free of charge, from the Lonsdale neighborhood scrap yard.</div><div><br></div><div>&quot;To create something of beauty and purpose from what many would consider to be ugly waste is an exciting prospect,” Thomas Colabella, <a href="https&#58;//art.utk.edu/sculpture/">University of Tennessee Sculpture Program </a> student, said. “I look forward to creating a work that will bring new life to these materials.&quot;</div><div><br></div><div>The public exhibit, “The Art of Recycling,” was held for the first time in 2015 at the Knoxville Convention Center, but the partnership between Gerdau, the University of Tennessee and <a href="http&#58;//www.dogwoodarts.com/">Dogwoods Arts </a> has been going on for over six years. Dogwood Arts is collective which promotes the region's art, culture and natural beauty with events like Rhythm N’ Blooms, Dogwood Arts Festival, Chalk Walk and the Knoxville Film Festival.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>This year, “The Art of Recycling” will be Thursday, April 6, to Wednesday, April, 19, at the Knoxville Convention Center. For the first time, there will be a best in show winner.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>Check back for photo updates in March as the students work to complete their sculptures.&#160;</div><div><br></div>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica2/15/2017 4:27:41 PM2/15/2017 4:27:41 PM
Gerdau/Playoff Green Campus Challenge Presents Sustainability Awards to Local Schools<p></p><div><strong><em>Part of the College National Championship Game Community Outreach</em></strong></div><div><br></div><div>Gerdau has joined with the College Football Playoff sustainability program (Playoff Green) to reward ten local schools for rising to the challenge of “greening” their own school campuses.</div><div><br></div><div>In partnership with the School District of &#160;Hillsborough County &#160;(SDHC), ten local schools were selected to participate in this innovative challenge – part of the larger community outreach program connected to the college National Championship Game being held January 9, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium. Another key partner is Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful – the organization working with each school to help them develop new outdoor “green” projects on their school campus.</div><div><br></div><div>Each school was challenged to adopt three “green” activities from a list of more than a dozen possible projects. Each project had to address one of five environmental areas targeted by the Gerdau/Playoff Green Campus Challenge which included&#58;</div><div><br></div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Recycling</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Food Waste</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Water Conservation</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Energy Conservation</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Environmental Education/Awareness</div><div><br></div><div>Most of the projects required no cost making them possible for any school to accomplish regardless of school finances. Participating schools selected by SDHC are&#58;</div><div><br></div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Oak Grove Elementary School</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Wimauma Elementary School</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Westshore Elementary School</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Mintz Elementary School</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Bailey Elementary School</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Bryan Elementary School</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Robles Elementary School</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Witter Elementary School</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Dickenson Elementary School</div><div>•<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space&#58;pre;"> </span>Thompson Elementary School</div><div><br></div><div>Each successful school will receive a $500 grant for school supplies and a $1,000 grant to use for “greening” their school campus. Projects at individual schools can include tree-planting, landscaping, beautification or community gardens. Each school will work in partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to design and implement their own unique “green” project on campus.</div><div><br></div><div>On Friday, January 6, at 10&#58;00 a.m. a ceremonial “green” event will be held on the campus of Bailey Elementary School in Dover, one of the participating schools. Officials from Gerdau, College Football Playoff, Hillsborough County School District and Keep Tampa Bay beautiful will join dozens of Bailey students and staff as they clear campus areas, build planting boxes and put in new plants to beautify the school grounds.</div><div>&#160;</div><div>On Sunday, January 8, at 10&#58;00 a.m., the day before the National Championship Game, representatives from each of the ten schools and from SDHC will join with College Football Playoff, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Gerdau representatives for a recognition ceremony in downtown Tampa near Amalie Arena at the finish line of the Extra Yards for Teachers 5K run.</div><div><br></div><div>Playoff Green is the sustainability brand for the College Football Playoff. In addition to the Gerdau Campus Challenge, Playoff Green develops recycling projects at all major CFP event sites, works with Feeding Tampa Bay to recover extra food from events to help feed local people in need, works with TECO to source “green” power for major event facilities and partners with local nonprofit agencies to recover office supplies and building materials post-event for repurposing in the Tampa Bay community.</div>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica1/6/2017 8:35:06 PM1/6/2017 8:35:06 PM

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