GERDAU DONATES GAMES, TOYS TO WESLEY HOUSE COMMUNITY CENTER


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2013

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Gerdau's Knoxville steel mill recently donated balls, games and movies to educate and entertain children at Wesley House Community Center. Pictured are (back row, l-r) Gerdau Vice President and General Manager Johnny Miller, Gerdau human resources generalist Shannon Dakin, Wesley House Executive Director Tim Adams and (front row, l-r) Wesley House kids Keelyn McPhee and T'Keyah Johnson.

Gerdau’s Knoxville steel mill recently donated balls, games and movies to educate and entertain children at Wesley House Community Center. Pictured are (back row, l-r) Gerdau Vice President and General Manager Johnny Miller, Gerdau human resources generalist Shannon Dakin, Wesley House Executive Director Tim Adams and (front row, l-r) Wesley House kids Keelyn McPhee and T’Keyah Johnson.

Gerdau recently donated basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, games, movies and personal hygiene items to its Lonsdale neighbor, Wesley House Community Center.

“Our mill has been in the Lonsdale community for more than 110 years under various names and owners, and Wesley House has been in the community since 1907,” said Johnny Miller, vice president and general manager of the Gerdau steel mill in Knoxville. “Supporting the Wesley House is a natural fit and a good way to exercise our responsibility to be a good neighbor.”

Wesley House first served as a child care center for mothers who worked at Brookside Mills. Today, the program serves children and seniors through a variety of programs.

“We were thrilled with the donation from Gerdau,” said Wesley House Executive Director Tim Adams. “They called one day to see what we needed and showed up the next day with all kinds of stuff, including lots of balls, games and movies. Now we have things to entertain our kids – inside or out.”

Gerdau has a robust social responsibility program that focuses on providing community support in the locations where it operates.

Nationally, Gerdau donates funds to the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement.

About Gerdau

Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world. It has over 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York and Madrid and has approximately 140,000 shareholders.

Gerdau’s products are generally sold to steel service centers, steel fabricators, or directly to original equipment manufacturers for use in a variety of industries, including non-residential, infrastructure, commercial, industrial and residential construction, metal building, manufacturing, automotive, mining, cellular and electrical transmission and equipment manufacturing.

For more information, visit http://www.gerdau.com/longsteel.