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By Julie Sammarco

Gerdau provides rebar for a portion of the World Trade Center project

November 2011 - Tampa, Fla.-based Gerdau signed a $7.35 million contract with Navillus Inc., a contracting company in Manhattan, N.Y., to supply a major quantity of steel for a portion of the World Trade Center project.

"This represents our first major contract in the New York City market and I cannot think of a better way to launch our presence than providing our steel to such an important and iconic project," said Guilherme G. Johannpeter, president of Gerdau Long Steel North America, in a press release. 

Navillus Contracting won a $76.5 million contract in 2011 from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build the concrete superstructure of the World Trade Center Vehicle Security CenterÑthe central artery for the siteÕs truck delivery and parking system. Gerdau will provide the rebar for approximately 34,000 yards of concrete, equaling 8,000 tons of steel, which is a combination of plain rebar and epoxy-coated rebar. Epoxy-coated rebar is a product used for corrosion prevention.

Adding jobs
To support the project, the company is adding a crew at its downstream facility in Perth Amboy, N.J."It's very exciting that our steel will be a part of this landmark and that it will create jobs for people in this area," said Peter Campo, Gerdau Long Steel North America's vice president of downstream operations, in a press release.

"We're going to add a second crew in New Jersey," he says. "We've already added a few people, and we plan to add more throughout the process."
Gerdau has already started working on the fabrication of steel, and "we'll be delivering stuff in December," says Campo. "Currently, we are in an engineering phase called detailed engineering, which is the design of the individual bars themselves. That activity has already started. We'll fabricate the steel according to those engineering designs and I think the intent is to be shipping steel to the location in December." The project is scheduled for deliveries over a 12-month duration beginning in December 2011. 

Before formally signing the contact with Navillus during the week of September 11, Gerdau first became involved with the World Trade Center project in 2007 when the company donated wide flange beams for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. They were shipped around the country as part of a tribute exhibition, sponsored by Columbia, S.C.-based Owen Steel, the steel contractor on the project, to honor the lives lost on September 11 and to raise money for the museum. They will be installed as support beams and remain exposed to show the signatures of firefighters from around the country as well as signatures of several Gerdau employees who rolled the beams at the company's mill in Petersburg, Va.

Other major projects containing steel from Gerdau are the Jefferson Memorial and Coast Guard headquarters, both in Washington, D.C., the Panama Canal Expansion Project and the new I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis.

Gerdau is a producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel. Founded in 1987, Navillus Contracting has become a contractor that specializes in high-end commercial concrete, masonry, tiling and stone.

Overall, Gerdau is excited about taking part in its first large New York-based project and is looking forward to future opportunities in the area. "We're very pleased to be working with and making connection with the concrete contractors in New York City," says Campo. MM



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