September 2017

Robin Davies has accepted the role of President at North Star BlueScope Steel. Robin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in operations, engineering and general management. He is a fantastic addition to the North Star team. Robin was previously based in New Zealand, where he is the Vice President of Rolling and Finishing operations at the Glenbrook site and General Manager of the recently acquired business, Pacific Steel, in Otahuhu.  

Robin held several roles across the New Zealand Steelworks since joining BlueScope in 2008. Prior to BlueScope, Robin worked for twelve years in a number of rolling mill operational and downstream P&L roles in the UK with Tatasteel Europe.

Robin began this new role September 1, 2017.

 

May 2017

Making A Difference

The Northwest State Community College Foundation sponsors the annual Green Carpet Event, which  highlights the Making a Difference Award winners and raises money for student scholarships. “The Making a  Difference Award was established in 2010 to honor outstanding community partners. These businesses,  organizations and individuals have made significant contributions to the five-county area through employment,  service, leadership and more,” said Robbin Wilcox, NSCC director of development. “This award reaches  beyond Northwest State itself and is truly about how these community partners have a made a difference in the communities that Northwest State serves.”

 

2017 Event

This event would not have been possible without the generosity of guests and businesses from throughout northwest Ohio. Thank you for your financial support and for investing in our students. The event raised over $60,000 for student scholarships.

 

Award in Business Category: North Star BlueScope Steel

North Star BlueScope Steel was established in 1995 in Delta, Ohio, starting as a joint venture between  BlueScope Steel (Melbourne, Australia) and Cargill, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) As of November 1, 2015, North Star BlueScope Steel became a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueScope Steel. In this short period of  time, North Star BlueScope Steel employees have achieved some remarkable success, including going over three years without a lost-time injury and winning the prestigious Governor’s Excellence Award for Workers Compensation and Safety. These achievements are proof positive of the company’s commitment to safety and excellence. North Star BlueScope Steel is also consistently ranked the #1 supplier in independent surveys conducted by Jacobsen and Associates, including a #1 ranking in delivery performance, quality, customer service and overall satisfaction within its industry. The company also invests in the long-term success of its employees, encouraging them to continue their education with partnerships at Northwest State and other institutions of higher education. North Star BlueScope Steel works closely with the Delta community and Fulton County to be a good neighbor and employer, supporting numerous organizations and events through its community relations team. As part of its initial site build, the company also constructed a 7.8 acre wetland and regularly invites fourth and fifth grade students from Delta Schools to participate in various learning and hands-on activities such as tree planting, identifying animals and vegetation.

 

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, BlueScope Buildings North America, receive the award.
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