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Gerdau supports those in need through KARM Dragon Boat Festival
Knoxville mill team wins Open Division championship
Employees from steel recycler Gerdau participated in Knox Area Rescue Ministries’ (KARM) 14th annual Dragon Boat Festival at Concord Park and won the Open Division championship award.
At the June 18 event, teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and steerer raced in authentic Hong Kong-style, 46-foot-long dragon boats. Paddlers committed to raise pledges to support the life-saving programs that KARM offers the homeless in the community.
Nearly 50 Gerdau employees participated in this year’s event, raising a total of $3,200 through both employee and company-matched donations. Those funds will help the thousands of men, women and children who come to KARM seeking nourishing meals and shelter, as well as assistance with addiction, unemployment and other challenges.
“We have enjoyed a long relationship with KARM through past monetary and food donations, and our employees look forward to participating in the Dragon Boat Festival each year,” Gerdau Vice President and General Manager Johnny Miller said. “This event is a great way to build our internal team while supporting our neighbors in need.”
Knox Area Rescue Ministries, located in downtown Knoxville, provides at no charge up to 1,000 meals daily to anyone in need. The organization also shelters up to 400 men, women and children daily and provides programs to address addiction, educational assistance and employment training.
Gerdau has a robust social responsibility program that focuses on providing community support in the locations where it operates.
Gerdau is a leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world. It has industrial operations in 13 countries – in the Americas, Europe and Asia – which together represent an installed capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms, each year, millions of metric tons of scrap into steel, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development in the regions where it operates. With more than 140,000 shareholders, the Company is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York and Madrid.
In 2016, Gerdau won the Knoxville Chamber Impact Award in recognition of its broad community support of its Lonsdale neighbors.
For more information, visit http://www.gerdau.com.