Gerdau supplies steel to Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project

Tappan Zee BridgeTAMPA, Fla. Sept. 26, 2013 – The new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge, located north of New York City, is now under construction after more than a decade of delay. Steel company Gerdau made its first delivery to the project in August, and will supply approximately 32,000 tons of concrete reinforcing steel over the next several years.

The Tappan Zee Bridge spans across one of the widest points of the Hudson River, connecting Rockland County and Westchester County. The replacement bridge, which will be known as the New NY Bridge, will be a dual-span twin bridge with eight general traffic lanes, four emergency lanes and a dedicated commuter bus lane. It will also feature a bike and pedestrian path with scenic overlooks.

"We are pleased to be selected as a supplier for this historic project, which is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the country," said Peter Campo, vice president of downstream operations for the North American long steel business division of Gerdau. "This is another landmark project for Gerdau and demonstrates that we are well-positioned to serve the Northeast market."

The bulk of the steel will be manufactured at Gerdau’s steel mill in Sayreville, N.J., and fabricated at the company’s reinforcing steel facility in Perth Amboy, N.J. Gerdau’s Perth Amboy facility is located only 50 miles away from the former Tappan Zee Bridge, and offers marine facilities that allow for easy delivery.

The bridge is being designed and built by Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC), a consortium of Fluor Enterprises, Inc., American Bridge Company, Granite Construction Northeast, Inc., and Traylor Bros., Inc. TZC is working closely on the project with a team of employees from the New York State Thruway Authority and the State Dept. of Transportation. The first span of the bridge is scheduled to open in 2016, and the project should be complete by 2018.

Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world. Its New Jersey facilities also supplied steel to the World Trade Center Vehicle Security Center. Other major bridges the company has contributed to include the Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, S.C., the Sunshine Skyway Bridge spanning Tampa Bay, Fla., and the New I-35 Bridge in Minneapolis, Minn.

About Gerdau

Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world. It has over 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York and Madrid and has approximately 140,000 shareholders.

Media contacts:

Kimberly M. Selph, APR
Manager, External Communications and Public Affairs
Gerdau Long Steel North America
Tel. (813) 362-6394
kimberly.selph@gerdau.com

Kaley E. Goodfellow
Specialist, External Communications and Public Affairs
Gerdau Long Steel North America
Tel. (813) 207-2235
Kaley.goodfellow@gerdau.com