TVA, Gerdau Ameristeel Donate to Kentucky Sheriff’s Ranch
July 16, 2010
PADUCAH, Ky. – The Tennessee Valley Authority and Gerdau Ameristeel are providing funds for repairs at the Kentucky Sheriff’s Boys and Girls Ranch in Gilbertsville.
On Friday, TVA and Gerdau Ameristeel presented checks to the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association, which runs the 50-acre ranch located near Kentucky Dam. The combined $6,700 donation will be used for roof repairs on various buildings around the property.
The ranch gives Kentucky children, ages 8-11, from low-income families, a chance to participate in an instructional and organized summer camp for free. Funded by donations, the ranch has a lake, a swimming pool, an archery range and horseback riding stables.
“This facility helps hundreds of children every year in communities served by TVA,” said Nancy Mitchell, manager for TVA Valley Relations.
“We support their commitment to providing a safe environment for young people to experience the outdoors.”
Gerdau Ameristeel operates a steel mill in Calvert City and is one of Kentucky’s largest metal recyclers. They are also one of TVA’s largest industrial customers in the state.
“As a Kentucky corporate citizen, we see this as an excellent opportunity for two businesses to come together in support of a most worthy cause,” said Terry Donovan, works manager at Gerdau Ameristeel Calvert City. “Gerdau Ameristeel has supported the Sheriff’s Ranch for a number of years, and we are committed to contributing to improving the lives of the youngest members of our community.”
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities and supplies up to 33,700 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA’s service territory are below the national average.
About Gerdau Ameristeel
Gerdau Ameristeel is the second largest mini-mill steel producer in North America, with annual manufacturing capacity of approximately 10 million 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. Gerdau Ameristeel's majority shareholder is the Gerdau Group, a century-old steel company, the leading company in the production of long steel in the Americas and one of the major specialty long steel suppliers in the world.
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