Gerdau raises $2000 for research

Representatives of steel recycler Gerdau’s Knoxville mill recently held their fourth annual golf tournament benefiting primary amyloidosis research. The rare and devastating disease took the life of former Gerdau Knoxville vice president and general manager Arlan Piepho at age 63.

The tournament raised $2,000 for donation to the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Piepho’s memory. The donation supports a research team led by Dr. Alan Solomon seeking to find better treatments for primary amyloidosis.

“The golf tournament was a fun time for a worthy cause,” Gerdau Vice President and General Manager Johnny Miller said. “We are honored to help make a difference in the lives of amyloidosis patients by supporting research that will help find new ways to diagnose and treat the disease.”

The golf tournament was held at Ruggles Ferry Golf Club and drew 55 participants.

Gerdau, a leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world, has a robust social responsibility program that focuses on providing community support in the locations where its business operates. Pillars under the social responsibility program are health and wellness, history and culture, education and affordable housing.

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Matt Woodward, Todd Wakefield, Allen Osborne and Don Kidd comprised the first-place team at steel steel recycler Gerdau’s annual benefit golf tournament at Ruggles Ferry Golf Club May 10, 2016. The tournament raised $2,000 for amyloidosis research at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. Photo submitted.


Knoxville recycling turns to art

KNOXVILLE – Sculptures created by 12 University of Tennessee art students that incorporate materials provided by steel recycler Gerdau will be on public display April 3-19, 2015 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

“The Art of Recycling” sculpture exhibition celebrates April’s National Recycling Month and a partnership among Gerdau, Dogwood Arts and the University of Tennessee Sculpture Program. The sculptures will be unveiled in a public ceremony Friday, April 3, at 10 a.m. Though the partnership always has resulted in new works of art, 2015 is the first time it has culminated in a public art exhibition.

Participating UT students include Rachel Byrd, Veronica Castle, Keelin Cavanaugh, Kylee Haynes, Daniel Hood, Cameron Kite, Marisa Mitchell, Lauren Sanders, Paige Smith, Patricia Tinsley, Nicholas Tamas and Kenzie Wells.

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John Powers, University of Tennessee assistant professor of sculpture, and student Paige Smith survey the massive piles of discarded metal and steel at Gerdau’s scrapyard. A dozen students will create works of art from materials selected from the scrapyard, and the art will be on display during April 2015, National Recycling Month. Photo submitted.


Student artists recycle materials

Student sculptors from the University of Tennessee recently surveyed piles of discarded steel at Gerdau’s Knoxville mill, selected pieces that inspired them and will turn the materials into tributes of artistic reuse.

“Recycling is what we do every day, but these students see these materials in a fresh new way,” said Johnny Miller, vice president and general manager of Gerdau’s Knoxville steel mill. “We look forward to seeing how these sculptors transform these raw materials into works of art.”

The project is a partnership between Gerdau and Dogwood Arts and will culminate in a public art exhibition at the Knoxville Convention Center in April that will celebrate both sculpture and National Recycling Month.

The sculptors collectively selected from Gerdau’s scrapyard nearly three tons of discarded metal and steel, which the company provides free to the students. Between now and the exhibition, they will work with John Powers, UT assistant professor of sculpture, to create works of art.

Participating students included Rachel Byrd, Veronica Castle, Keelin Cavanaugh, Kylee Haynes, Daniel Hood, Cameron Kite, Marisa Mitchell, Lauren Sanders, Joshua Shorey, Paige Smith, Patricia Tinsley and Nicholas Tamas.

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John Powers, University of Tennessee assistant professor of sculpture, and student Paige Smith survey the massive piles of discarded metal and steel at Gerdau’s scrapyard. A dozen students will create works of art from materials selected from the scrapyard, and the art will be on display during April 2015, National Recycling Month. Photo submitted.


Knoxville Mitten Tree provides warmth

More than 400 Lonsdale Elementary School students in Knoxville are a little warmer this winter, thanks to the annual Mitten Tree event sponsored by steel recycler Gerdau and held at the school during the holiday season.

When Gerdau took over operations of its Knoxville mill in 2000, the company began hosting this event to provide hats, mittens, holiday treats and a visit from Santa for the schoolchildren.

“Each year, our employees look forward to interacting with our neighborhood kids through this event,” Gerdau Vice President and General Manager Johnny Miller said. “Some of the children here today could be our future employees, and we’re happy to help keep them warm this winter.”

The Mitten Tree event has become a fun tradition for the students at Lonsdale Elementary School. For Gerdau, it helps fulfill the company’s goal of being a great neighbor.

“This holiday event is a happy and helpful celebration at Lonsdale Elementary,” Principal Amy Brace said. “The children love all the attention, games and treats. They also benefit from having hats and mittens to keep them warm during the cold winter months, which is particularly important because so many of our students walk to school. We appreciate Gerdau’s generosity in hosting the Mitten Tree year after year.”

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From left, Lonsdale Elementary School students Luis, Leila and Prosperity show off their new gear with Gerdau Vice President and General Manager Johnny Miller (center) after selecting their winter hats and mittens at the annual Mitten Tree event hosted at the school by Gerdau on Dec. 12. Photo submitted.