Steel Dynamics strives to effect positive changes in the communities where our employees live and work. The Company focuses its philanthropic efforts on organizations that have a broader impact in the community to reach the most people. This focus includes supporting higher education, human services, and economic development.
In addition to SDI’s financial support, our employees donate time and talent to serve many organizations. Employees serve on boards of charities and participate in community projects such as clean-up events, tree planting, adopting families and teens for the holidays, and Red Cross blood drives. Our employees’ charitable service and own personal donations, combined with the Company’s financial support, creates a dynamic partnership that makes a difference in the quality of life in all of our communities.
Recognizing the need for planned giving in supporting higher education, human services and economic development, Steel Dynamics funded the Steel Dynamics Foundation
and established a Board of Directors to oversee the Foundation and review qualified grant requests. The Steel Dynamics Foundation was established in 2008 and has awarded over $15 million to help communities.
The Foundation builds strong, future leaders by providing grants to colleges and universities in the areas where our facilities are located. Foundation grants have created scholarship funds, built technology centers, and funded engineering and business programs. The Foundation contributes to human service organizations that meet the needs of many of our neighbors and supports economic development, including the arts, to build a better life for employees and everyone in our communities.
Recently, SDI's Steel of West Virginia was honored by the United Way of the River Cities after donating over $114,000 in 2014. See a video about SWVA's continuous giving by clicking here
Recent community involvement photos:
Below are the 2015 Tour de SDI participants. Each year, Steel Dynamics employees travel on a 300 mile bike journey to raise money for Red Cedar, an Indiana summer camp for children of all abilities.
In May 2015, Flat Roll Columbus Division employees volunteered and built homes with the Habitat for Humanity for the third consecutive year.
Steel of West Virginia and its employees donated a total of $114,300 to United Way of the River Cities in its 2014-2015 fundraiser.
Employees at the New Millennium Building Systems Butler location began ‘adopting’ Christmas Families in 2002. Overall, they have raised over $90,000 to provide Christmases to 121 needy families with 325 children
Since it was founded in 2003, OmniSource Corporation has been involved with the Fort Wayne Center for Learning’s work with academically challenged children. Pictured below are the 2015 Brain Game volunteers, the OmniSource “Scrap Rangers”, who have earned "The Most Generous" title for eight consecutive years.
This state of the art technology center, part of the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will help provide a better-trained workforce for Indiana manufacturing companies.
In April 2015, NMBS-Lake City partnered with local high schools in order to help teach teens about the steel, metals-recycling, and fabrication industries. Pictured below is Fred Thomas, a Lake City detailer, during his visit at Northview High School.
In April 2015, OmniSource Tennessee Division showed their support and donated $1,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank, which provides a variety of food-related services to help the community.
Flat Roll Columbus Division generously donates gifts to Palmer Home for Children every Christmas season.
Since 2013, employees from New Millennium Building Systems in Hope, Arkansas have participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Pictured is the 2015 Relay for Life team that volunteered their time to help raise money for cancer research.
Wendy McKamie of NMBS-Hope has been a dedicated volunteer for two years at Hope for Paws, an organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and fosters abused and neglected animals. Wendy and her family have nine dogs and three cats of their own-seven of which were rescued. The puppies below were the family’s very first fostering experience.
SDI employees in Fort Wayne participated in the Great American Cleanup on May 16. Below are some of the volunteers that helped clean roads, parks, and rivers around the community.
Jennifer Stopher of OmniSource raised $2,300 for breast cancer research in August 2014. Jennifer walked 60 miles in 3 days.
Pictured is Keith Busse enjoying Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse Alumni Center. The center, a lodge-like retreat, was funded by a $1.5 million grant from The Steel Dynamics Foundation in 2011.
The OmniSource-Northern Ohio Division volunteers personal time and funds to the Real Life 101 Scholarship Program. Real Life 101 provides college scholarships and mentors to inner-city, African American males who are graduating from high school.
Erin Green of New Millennium Building Systems in Lake City, FL fosters dogs for Phoenix Animal Rescue. She owns 2 rescue dogs of her own and has fostered 4 more to adoption.