Employees at the Gerdau steel mill in Midlothian collected more than 15,000 pounds of nonperishable food items to distribute to several food banks located in Midlothian and the surrounding communities over the holidays.
The Gerdau Holiday Campaign is a social responsibility initiative that is geared to brighten the holidays for the communities surrounding 50 Gerdau locations.
This past year, the Midlothian location provided food items for six different cities in the surrounding areas. Those cities included Midlothian, Waxahachie, Alvarado, Cleburne, Hillsboro and Corsicana.
Management Systems Facilitator Kobey Juergens said this was the third year for the Midlothian location to be involved in the Holiday Campaign. He said in 2012, the employees of the plant collected 18,000 pounds of food, and that was the goal for 2013.
“We had such a great year in 2012, and set our sights on that amount last year,” Juergens said. “I usually set really high goals, and felt like it was attainable.”
He said even though they came up 3,000 pounds short of that goal, 15,000 pounds is still a lot and he was pleased with the employee participation.
“Our employees have always gone above and beyond when it comes to giving back to our community,” Juergens said. “When they hear of a need, they really step up to help those in need.”
He said there were a total of 900 people taking the time to give from the bottom of their hearts to help those are less fortunate.
“Gerdau is more than a corporation,” Juergens said. “It is a caring family who believes in giving to the communities that surrounds them.”
Some of the organizations in Ellis County that benefited from the Holiday Campaign was Manna House and Fulfilled Outreach Ministries in Waxahachie. In addition to collecting nonperishable food items, the company also collected new, unwrapped toys and distributed them to Manna House. More than 750 toys were collected and delivered to the organization on Dec. 20, just in time for the holidays.
“Our goal, as it relates to this particular project, is to touch as many people as possible,” Juergens said.
Greg Bott, vice president and general manager of the Gerdau mill in Midlothian, said “social responsibility is a core value of our company and I am proud of our employees' level of engagement. Through this campaign, we were able to make the holidays brighter for those in our community.”
The Midlothian mill was also part of a contest between Gerdau locations to raise the greatest amount of goods. The location with the largest amount per employee will receive $2,500 to donate to a charity of their choice.
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 more than 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries with operations 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 millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year.
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