ArcelorMittal recently picked up a pair of awards, including a prestigious Steelie Award from the Belgium-based World Steel Association.
The global steelmaker, one of Northwest Indiana's largest employers with around 10,000 local steelworkers, won an "Excellence in Sustainability" award for paving rural roads in Brazil with steel byproducts. ArcelorMittal R&D, which has a team in East Chicago, figured out how to develop new products that turn steel slag into a coating for roads, parking lots and storage yards.
The Luxembourg-based company, which has local operations in East Chicago, Burns Harbor, Gary, Riverdale and New Carlisle, said it "significantly reduces the need for road maintenance and the costs associated with it."
"Paving what had been dirt roads has also improved access to services such as garbage collection, ambulances, and police for 30 municipalities in the state of Espirito Santo over a 200 km radius," ArcelorMittal said in a press release. "It has reduced maintenance costs for the vehicles which use these better-quality roads and has speeded up delivery of local produce, improving the quality of life for local people, and achieving better prices for small farmers whose produce is fresher and more saleable when it reaches consumers."
ArcelorMittal and the digital communications company Investis also won "Best online annual report" in the Digital Impact Awards.
“This award is recognition of the effort and progress we have made over the past two years on our journey to fully integrated reporting,” said Paul Weigh, ArcelorMittal corporate communications manager.