WEIRTON - Employees at ArcelorMittal's Weirton division are partnering with community residents to develop projects promoting education, the environment and health and safety in conjunction with the company's 2010 community initiatives.
Weirton General Manager Brian James said employees have been working to build "strategic and sustainable relationships with community organizations to support education, the environment and health and safety."
"Our local approach is to create strong relationships with organizations primarily in the areas of education, the environment and health and safety where we feel we can bring the most valuable knowledge and resources," he said.
He said a local employee team, Council for Stronger Communities, meets monthly to "nurture and sustain quality community partnerships, manage stakeholder engagement and identify or improve local corporate responsibility programs and initiatives."
Through the committee the company provides financial, in-kind and volunteer support for community projects, teaming with schools, health organizations, law enforcement and others "to help create a safe and sustainable community and region."
Workers also replaced existing steam heaters in the tin mill with 85 natural gas models, resulting in a 20 percent boost in efficiency per heater as well as a $132,000 annual savings. The plant also achieved a $175,000 per month energy savings by isolating one of two incoming purchase electrical power feeders, and assisted some 275 visitors taking advantage of ArcelorMittal's Community Recycling Day.
Companywide, ArcelorMittal USA and its employees donated more than $1.6 million to their Give Boldly program. Through the program, ArcelorMittal USA provides a dollar-to-dollar corporate match to eligible nonprofits. Also last year, ArcelorMittal donated more than $4.9 million to charitable projects within its communities.