October 21, 2015
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Representatives of steel recycler Gerdau’s Knoxville mill recently gathered on the Star of Knoxville riverboat to celebrate six employees who have been with the company 40 years or longer.
Those recognized were:
- Charlie Bryant of Powell, caster, 41 years
- Scott Dietz of Louisville, caster maintenance, 41 years
- Paul Hannah of Maryville, melt shop, 40 years
- Dana Hooks of Clinton, furnace maintenance, 42 years
- Wayne Lowe of Maryville, furnace facilitator, 42 years
- Steve Nash of Knoxville, rolling mill, 40 years
“As the workforce landscape in America becomes increasingly transient, it is an honor for us to celebrate these six longtime employees,” said Johnny Miller, vice president and general manager of Gerdau’s Knoxville steel mill. “We are proud that a company of our size has so many employees with more than 40 years of dedication and service.”
“These men have seen a tremendous amount of change in our plant, as our steel manufacturing process has moved from a manual operation to a very technical, highly automated process, and as our industry has moved from heavily supervised work crews to self-managed work teams,” Miller said. “They have not only successfully made these transitions, but also have trained and developed hundreds of new employees in our processes and new technologies.”
Miller added that Gerdau recognizes the value of all employees and is committed to keeping them. As a testament to this commitment, the steel mill currently employs 59 people with 20 or more years of service.
“Our longtime employees have a good understanding of the current business and are able to share the lessons learned in the past, which is invaluable to the success of our plant,” Miller said. “Whether our 40-year veterans are nearing retirement or planning to stay with us 10 more years, we’re glad to stop and show our gratitude for their dedication to our business and to our future generations of employees.”
Gerdau employs more than 240 people at its mill in Knoxville’s Lonsdale neighborhood. The company currently is seeking applicants for electrical and maintenance positions. To learn more, visit http:/www.gerdaucareers.com.
Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest 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 around 140,000 shareholders.
For more information, visit http://www.gerdau.com/northamerica.