August 2016

North Star BlueScope Steel has been awarded an Achievement Level of Recognition in Ohio's E3 program. The E3 program, Encouraging Environmental Excellence, provides Achievement, Silver and Gold levels of recognition. An organization can work through levels of recognition. Ohio's E3 program recognizes businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies for going above and beyond compliance with requirements while demonstrating environmental excellence.

We have been awarded the Achievement Level of Recognition as a result of these environmental improvements:
  • Since 2000, North Star has utilized ISO14001 as an environmental management system to prioritize projects for continuous improvement and strives to go above and beyond simple compliance with state and federal environmental regulations.
  • Continuous improvement goals include reducing electrical, gas, and water consumption in the manufacturing of steel.
  • A cross-functional team of employees conduct environmental aspects analysis to identify, evaluate and implement projects to reduce the environmental impact at North Star. A recent objective pursued was minimizing landfill waste and improve trash to recycling ration by 10%.
  • Implementation of standard recycling processes throuhgout the facility was attained.
  • Slag generated during production is sent to a recycler for mulitple re-uses including aggregate for construction.
  • Dust generated during the scrap melting process is captured and sent to a company to recover materials including iron and zinc, which can then be resold.
  • North Star reuses 100% of its rollshop fines by briquetting the fines and re-introducing them into the steel making process.
  • The number of trash containers has been reduced and the number of recycling containers has been increased.
  • Scale generated in production is now re-entered into the steel making process as a result of a new brick editing process.
  • The ABB furnace increases the power and production of the furnace while decreasing energy use and electrode consumption.
  • LED lighting upgrades have been installed throughout the facility.
  • A new heel to the EAF was added to preheat scrap material, which in turn, reduces natural gas usage.

February 2016

North Star BlueScope Steel has been recognized as a 2015 Fit-Friendly Worksite. For anyone not familiar with the Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program, it is an award given by the American Heart Association's My Heart. My Life. initiative. It is intended to be a catalyst for positive change in the workplace across America. It recognizes worksites for making the health and wellness of their employees a priority.

We have been recognized at the Gold level, which means that:
  • We offer all employees physical activity support at the worksite.
  • We have increased the number of healthy eating options available to at the worksite.
  • We promote a wellness culture at the worksite.
  • We embrace at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.

February 2016

The Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Awards recognize Ohio employers who demonstrate commitment to employee health through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Recipients are judged on efforts to facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment. Worksites are encouraged to apply for the Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award. There are three levels of achievement: Gold, Silver and Bronze for three sizes of business: Small Business (= 300 employees); Medium Business (301-1000 employees), and Large Business (1001+employees).

National Broadcast: Work With Me

North Star BlueScope Steel was featured on ABC's Good Morning America. George Stephanopoulos visited the mill to experience life as an employee during GMA's week-long feature Work With Me.

"Close your eyes and imagine: The steel has been melted in an electric arc furnace almost a half mile away. It's so bright that you can't look at it unprotected or it will blind you, so hot the steel appears as liquid as water."

Over 200 tons have been poured into a ladle, a massive vessel lined with ceramic that can handle the extreme heat.

Click here to read the full essay
by North Star BlueScope's own Bob Broun

Business Excellence

North Star BlueScope Steel was inducted into the Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence Hall of Fame.

The company was recognized in a number of key areas.
  • Safety Commitment at Work and at Home
  • Community Involvement
  • Reinvestment in Northwest Ohio
  • World Class Workforce
  • Overall Customer Satisfaction
Click here to watch
Miguel Alvarez, President, receive the award.
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