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March 5, 2013

March 5, 2013

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GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAGerdau recently named Leroy Loy its Knoxville mill’s 2012 Employee of the Year. Loy was nominated by coworkers and selected by administration in recognition of his proactive work in helping the mill achieve excellent results in safety, cost and morale.

“Selecting an Employee of the Year is never an easy decision because we have such a strong team of talented, dedicated employees,” said Johnny Miller, vice president and general manager of the Gerdau steel mill in Knoxville. “Standing out from among such a high caliber of employees is a tremendous achievement.”

During the nomination process, coworkers praised Loy for his positive attitude and excellent work ethic, going above and beyond to increase production and efficiency in the mill.

Loy is responsible for operation and maintenance of the binder machinery at the mill. When delays or issues arise with the binders, coworkers noted that he immediately responds and works to identify long-term solutions. In a recent analysis, data showed the machinery is operating more reliably under Loy’s supervision than has been demonstrated in any previous evaluation.

“Loy’s attention to detail and creative problem-solving help keep our mill running efficiently and ensure the safety of our workers,” said Miller.

In addition, Loy trains both new and veteran employees on best practices in operating the binder machines. His coworkers said he is always eager to lend a hand with any task and his enthusiasm builds morale within the Gerdau team.

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.

The Knoxville steel mill has been in this community for over 110 years under various names and owners. Gerdau took over operations in 2000 and employs 243 local residents.

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