Steel recycler Gerdau has named Mike Overholt, melt shop maintenance, as 2016 Employee of the Year at its Knoxville mill. Overholt was nominated by coworkers and selected by administration in recognition of his strong work ethic and willingness to help others.
“Mike has a well-earned reputation as someone with a strong work ethic who is willing to help out wherever needed and is continually looking for ways to make improvements,” said Johnny Miller, vice president and general manager of Gerdau’s Knoxville mill. “I’m proud of our entire team and appreciate them for nominating Mike for this recognition.”
During the nomination process, coworkers praised Overholt as someone whose attitude will “help take the Knoxville mill to the next level.”
Overholt has been with Gerdau since 2010.
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.