On October 25, Gerdau hosted students from four local high schools in observance of National Manufacturing Day (Oct. 4), which is an event designed to showcase the importance of manufacturing in the United States. Students from Northside, Southside, Greenwood and Union Christian Academy spent the day learning about the many rewarding high-skill jobs in the steel industry.

The day started off with a firsthand look at what is involved in the steel-making process at Gerdau, the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest producers of special long steel in the world. After the tour, students participated in an in-depth Q&A session where they learned more about where Gerdau steel is used and the kind of skills that are required to start a career in the steel industry.

"We were excited to take this opportunity to engage students in our process so they can seriously consider pursuing careers in manufacturing," said Darrel Moore, plant manager of Gerdau’s Fort Smith mill. "We look forward to supporting National Manufacturing Day by partnering with local schools again next year."

Gerdau’s steel mill in Fort Smith is part of the company’s special steel division that produces special bar quality (SBQ) steel primarily for the automotive, commercial vehicle, agricultural, service center and energy markets. The division is headquartered in Jackson, Mich., and has world-class special steel manufacturing mills in Jackson and Monroe, Mich., and Fort Smith, Ark. Additional steel processing facilities are located in Lansing, Mich., North Vernon and Huntington Ind., Pleasant Prairie, Wisc., and Canton, Ohio.