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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">. Twice a year, employees drop off collected cellphones at the shelter. </font></span><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"></font>&#160;</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">“As part of the Gerdau culture, protecting our environment is a value for all our employees,” Bob Churchill, Gerdau Charlotte’s safety and environmental manager, said. “Repurposing is a great way to provide these items to those in need.”</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"></font></span>&#160;</p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Since the early 2000s, Gerdau Charlotte has donated about 500 cellphones a year. The Human Resources and Safety departments came up with the idea. Logistics Clerk Peggy Patrick has been involved with the collection and delivery since the start of the project, as well as establishing contacts and generating employee involvement. </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"></font></span>&#160;</p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial&quot;,sans-serif;"><font color="#000000" size="3">Last year, the shelter helped 1,855 women and children, and it takes 125 calls a month on its 24-hour domestic violence help hotline.</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">“The interesting and cool thing about cellphones is that we can do a couple of different things with them,” Rebecca Moffett, assistant director of the shelter, said. “We can charge it, and even if a woman doesn’t have cell service, she can use it to call 911.”</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">Moffett said if there is a surplus of cellphones, the shelter takes them to a recycler and receives money which can be used to help run the shelter and its programs. </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 Charlotte also collects safety glasses and employee reading glasses through a donation box in its main office. 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. Around four to five truck loads, or about 72 tons per month, are recycled the same way scrap metals are recycled. </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">The project began in 2012 with only a couple of suppliers and has grown over the 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;&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">“Giving back to Charlotte and surrounding communities is an obligation,” Churchill said. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica4/27/2017 8:33:23 PM4/27/2017 8:33:23 PM
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

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