Employees of the steel processing plant in Calvert, about 35 miles north of Mobile, decided to donate the allotment that would have gone toward a traditional holiday gathering to United Way so that agencies would have the funds in time for the holidays.
“We recognize that individuals in our community have felt the impacts of 2020 more significantly than others. We appreciate the United Way team, quickly creating a path for their partner agencies to apply for the funds and distribute them to meet our community’s needs,” said Brooke Dolbare, AM/NS Calvert communications & corporate responsibility manager.
The eight partner agencies that benefitted from the donation are: Child Day Care Association, Goodwill of the Gulf Coast, Dumas Wesley Community Center, Southwest Alabama RSVP in Thomasville, Family Promise of Coastal Alabama, The Arc of Southwest Alabama in Chatom, United Cerebral Palsy Mobile and Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center.
“We are grateful for AM/NS Calvert’s generosity,” said UWSWA Vice President of Community Impact Trista Stout-Walker. “Their donation enables eight partner agencies to provide additional support spreading joy and ensuring essential services are available in our community.”
Earlier this month, AM/NS Calvert donated 18 printers to the UWSWA, three of which will be used as part of the UWSWA’s Disaster Operational Continuity Plan. The other 15 printers will be donated to partner agencies.
AM/NS Calvert is a 50/50 joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel Corp. The plant produces 5.3 million tons of flat rolled carbon steel products annually for the automotive, construction, pipe and tube, service center and appliance/HVAC industries. The plant helps meet ArcelorMittal’s increased demand for high-strength steels that are needed by automotive original equipment manufacturers. These high-strength steels are used to produce lighter weight, more fuel-efficient vehicles. In October, Ford announced that it would use ArcelorMittal’s Fortiform 980 GI steel, made in Calvert, in its 2021 Ford Bronco.
In August, ArcelorMittal announced plans to add a $500 million electric arc furnace at the Calvert mill, which will produce 1.5 million metric tons of steel slabs for the hot strip mill. Steel slabs are currently being imported from Brazil. Construction on the new EAF will take about two years to complete, and once completed, AM/NS Calvert will need to hire approximately 300 people for the plant.