Local company to be featured on Good Morning AmericaWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Good Morning America” will feature North Star BlueScope Steel in Delta on its “Work with Me” series Nov. 9.
“I hope [viewers] get a feel for how much pride everyone at North Star takes in their work,” said GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos, who visited North Star BlueScope Steel mill.
“Work with Me” is weeklong series showcasing jobs from around the country. Individuals sent submissions to GMA describing their jobs and why a GMA anchor should join them for a day of work.
“We really want to come out into the country and showcase different jobs. What they do, why they love what they do and learn about the challenges everyone is facing in this economy right now,” Stephanopoulos said.
Bob Broun, a coiler operator at North Star and nine year employee, submitted an entry to GMA after encouragement from his wife, he said.
“I thought I could do that and I wrote up something,” he said.
Stephanopoulos, a Cleveland native whose father briefly worked in a steel mill, said he selected Broun’s entry from a narrowed list of entries to visit.
“As Bob said in an essay — close your eyes and imagine the steel has been melted in an electric arc furnace, so bright that you can’t look at it unprotected or it will blind you — so hot the steel appears liquid as water — he was a poet of the steel mill. His passion shined through his essay and I felt it every step of the day visiting the mill,” Stephanopoulos said.
Stephanopoulos got to see every step of production at the steel mill, concluding with Broun’s job as coiler operator, Broun said.
“It was a lot of fun. [Stephanopoulos] is just a really nice guy. I enjoyed having him to the mill,” he said. “We work as a huge team at the mill and having Good Morning America there, I got to show off my team.”
Stephanopoulos said he enjoyed his time at the mill and everyone was very gracious and willing to share experiences and knowledge. Stephanopoulos was touched by how employees voluntarily gave up hours in 2008 so no one would be laid off as well, he said.
“I thought that was such a remarkable and impressive display of compassion for the community,” he said.
Employees at North Star BlueScope Steel try to stay involved in the community and during last spring’s tornadoes they helped where they could, Broun said.
The company is environmentally friendly, producing steel out of scrap steel and recycles within the mill, Broun said. In addition, the company replanted every tree that was cut down in production of the mill, he said.
For more about North Star, visit www.northstarbluescope.com.
Good Morning America airs at 7 a.m. on ABC. The Work with Me segment will be featured sometime during the show.