March 2017

03 Mar Heritage Days sponsor 2017, Gerdau Huntington Facility

Heritage Days 2017 will be celebrated in Huntington Wednesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 18. The theme is The 40s: Liberty, Democracy, Dignity. Gerdau Huntington Facility, 25 Commercial Road, is the official sponsor as named by the Heritage Days Steering Committee. Gerdau is one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world and the leading producer of long steel in the Americas. Gerdau's special steel North American division specializes in producing special bar quality (SBQ) steel for the automotive, commercial vehicle, agricultural and energy markets. The business offers its customers a wide array of heat treated and value-added processed products. Mike Cash is the plant general manager of Gerdau’s Huntington Facility and Kendall Mickley is division controller. This year’s Heritage Days theme will allow participants in the annual Heritage Days Parade and other activities to depict the history of the 1940s, an era when a time of war was beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, and a time of celebration when World War II ended August 14, 1945. The attack on Pearl Harbor led to the enlistment of millions of U.S. servicemen and women. This would mark the first time men and women served in the U.S. military side by side. The entire country came together and the war changed everything including the way Americans worked, dressed and fell in love. At the end of the war, victory was felt in every corner of the globe as our country shifted from booming bombs to the baby boom. Through perseverance and the heart and the pride of our citizens, Americans survived the war and returned home to rebuild the country. Rationing ended and the demand for goods led manufacturing to resume. Heritage Days 2017 celebrates the indomitable spirit of the citizens of Huntington and the rebuilding of our...

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