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Steel: The Backbone of the Holiday Season

By Camille Grayson
on December 21, 2021

Nothing says “holiday season” like heartwarming stories that highlight American ingenuity and the care we give each other. With the time for cheer upon us, we want to share five stories of the steel industry giving back, coming together, and supporting our local communities (and, sometimes, trees).

Donations with a side of cheer

CC Metals & Alloys (CCMA) proved its dedication to investing in and showing up for the local community with donations to six Kentucky food charities. The donations come at a time when household expenses and food costs are up, increasing local need.

The joy of giving

With the support of Gleaners Mobile Food Pantry, the family at the heart of Harmon Steel hosted a drive-thru food pantry for members of their local community in Indiana. In two hours, they supplied food and household necessities to 400 grateful families.

Holiday reinforcement

This year, the world’s tallest Christmas tree taught its local community an important lesson: We are all stronger with support. When high winds snapped off the upper portion of the tree, steel was brought in to support its 140-foot height. A spokesman called the reinforcement “a true Christmas miracle!”

30 years of holiday joy

For the 30th year in a row, Augustana University lit up a life-size steel mammoth sculpture. The statue, which is modeled after a 13,000-year-old Columbian mammoth, is both a feat of engineering and a testament to the university’s never-ending holiday spirit.

Move over, Rudolph. It’s steel’s time.

The world’s largest reindeer was illuminated just outside of Chicago. Standing at 40 feet tall and made of steel girders, the massive reindeer is guaranteed to bring cheer to all.

At the end of the year, we’re always reminded of how grateful we are for our local communities and the generosity within our industry. If you’d like to prop up a local hero or tell us how steel is adding more cheer to your holiday, please share your story.