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Gerdau and GM join forces for Gerdau SteelDay Tour
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Wednesday, 03 Oct 2012
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Gerdau and General Motors joined forces for the Gerdau SteelDay Tour on September 28th 2012 to provide architects, engineers, general contractors, steel subcontractors and students an inside glimpse of the steel and automobile industries.

The educational program included guided tours of the Gerdau mill in Midlothian, Texas, and a visit to the General Motors Assembly plant in Arlington in Texas. Participants were able to experience the entire manufacturing process for structural steel beams in Midlothian, from recycling post consumer steel through the shredder to melting scrap into molten steel to rolling wide flange beams used in construction.

In Arlington, participants were given a tour of the construction site for a new stamping facility, which is part of a substantial expansion of the GM facility, as well as a product overview of a Cadillac Escalade assembled at the plant.

Through an overview presentation on steel construction and presentations by various members of the GM project construction team, participants received tips on how to better utilize the resources available to make project design and construction more efficient, ecologically responsible and sustainable.

This professional education program was part of the American Institute of Steel Construction's, national SteelDay program, with tours and presentations scheduled across the US More than 170 people registered for the Gerdau SteelDay Tour, which qualified for professional continuing education credits for both architects and engineers. Representatives from Ruby & Associates, Ghafari Associates and Barton Malow were among the participants.

Mr Matthew Gomez, Gerdau national sales manager at Gerdau Construction Solutions, said that "Since the first year AISC introduced SteelDay, Gerdau has recognized this is an exceptional opportunity to reach active professionals and students with the message that steel is a cost effective, reliably available and environmentally responsible choice for construction."

Mr Gomez said that "We were very fortunate that General Motors and all of the design, engineering, fabrication and construction companies participating in the construction project were willing to devote the time and energy to helping explain the benefits of steel frame construction."

Ms Donna McLallen communications manager at GM Assembly Plants said that "GM Arlington's new Stamping Plant represents a USD 200 million community investment and 180 jobs. Participation in SteelDay allowed us to showcase our plant expansion, which represents General Motors' rebound after some tough times. Steel construction certainly makes everyone feel better about the future. We were happy for the opportunity to participate."

Mr Gomez noted that it took a coordinated effort of several key people and organizations to create the positive experience for SteelDay attendees. He added that "We owe a big debt of thanks John Bosworth and James Irwin and their teams at Bosworth Steel Erectors and Irwin Steel. Their assistance in helping facilitate the tour was critical to allowing participants an occasion to see a substantial steel project during the construction phase."

Mr Gomez said that "Mr Jason Harris, GM project engineer, was incredibly instrumental in pulling the entire presentation together. It takes a great deal of planning to bring a team from several different companies together for an event such as SteelDay, and Jason took a leadership role from the very beginning. SteelDay is a unique opportunity to sharing important aspects of steel construction with both trade professionals and students. Gerdau is committed to professional educational and appreciate AISC's role through this annual event."

The Gerdau mill in Midlothian began production in 1975. Today, the mill employs 765 people and has a melt shop capacity of 1.8 million tons per year. The products produced there are used in the construction industry and by steel fabricators, and include wide flange beams, S beams, sheet piling, H piling, rebar, channels, squares and rounds. Some of the steel products manufactured at the Midlothian mill are used in the production of automobiles.

The General Motors Assembly plant in Arlington, Texas first began production in 1954, building the Pontiac Chieftain. It is now home to GM's award winning lineup of full size SUVs, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. UAW GM employees in Arlington produce more than 1,100 vehicles daily.

Source - Gerdau

(www.steelguru.com)

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