Gerdau Ameristeel Donates 2,600 Pounds of Steel to ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Project in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, FL, Feb. 21, 2011 – The Gerdau Ameristeel steel mill and fabrication shop in Jacksonville, Florida worked together to donate approximately 2,600 pounds of rebar to the ABC television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The steel was used for the foundation of a 3,400 square-foot home built for a family in need in northern Clay County.

 Steve Brown, safety manager at Gerdau Ameristeel – Jacksonville, discovered the reality show was in need of rebar while working on the project through his involvement with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) North Florida Chapter. Carlos Zanoelo, vice-president and general manager of Gerdau Ameristeel – Jacksonville, authorized the donation.

“One of the pillars of our social responsibility program at Gerdau Ameristeel is affordable housing, so this was a perfect opportunity to help out in the Jacksonville community,” said Zanoelo. “We are glad to assist with this project and congratulate the family on their beautiful new home.”

The house was built for the Brewer-Prewitt family, which consists of Carrie Prewitt, a popular high school volleyball coach and her “daughters” Ashley, Taylor, and Gina Brewer. Prewitt became legal guardian to the girls when their parents passed away two years ago. The small house they had been living in did not properly accommodate them and was considered unsafe. In addition to their new home, the family also received a paid-up mortgage, a utility fund, and University of North Florida scholarships for all three girls.

The family vacationed in the Virgin Islands while the show’s host, Ty Pennington, and a team of designers from the ABC show worked with Ark Remodeling and Construction of Gainesville and J.A. Long Design Builders of Orange Park to rebuild their home.

Gerdau Ameristeel, the second largest mini-mill steel producer in North America, also donated their services and supplies to an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project in Savannah last year. The company designed a rebar placement plan for the house and fabricated the steel. The episode featuring the home in Jacksonville aired on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC

About Gerdau Ameristeel

Gerdau Ameristeel is the second largest mini-mill steel producer in North America, with annual manufacturing capacity of approximately 10 million metric tons of mill finished steel products. Through its vertically integrated network of mini-mills, scrap recycling facilities, and downstream operations, Gerdau Ameristeel serves customers throughout the United States and Canada. The company’s products are generally sold to steel service centres, 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. Gerdau Ameristeel is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gerdau S.A., the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the world’s largest suppliers of specialty long steel.