Over the course of our long history, we have learned the importance of lasting relationships. Schnitzer is more than a recycler and an employer — we are an active member of more than 100 communities across North America. We strive to ensure that everywhere we operate, Schnitzer’s presence positively impacts our local communities.
We take a regional approach to community engagement, tailoring our efforts to local needs and priorities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. An important part of our work involves working with local leaders and chambers of commerce to educate our communities about Schnitzer’s sustainable role as a recycler and share our perspective on business issues. We also support local non-profit organizations through board service, charitable giving, and volunteerism. Employees across Schnitzer are key contributors to this important effort. They are active and engaged in a wide range of local causes, including disaster relief and emergency preparedness, homelessness, hunger relief, K-12 STEM and trade school education, environmental cleanups, and critical habitat restoration. By 2025, we expect to donate at least 10,000 hours of volunteer paid time off to enhance the positive impact we make in our communities.
Cascade Steel in the community
Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, Inc. is not only the largest local metals recycler, but also the largest manufacturing employer in McMinnville, Oregon. What affects our business affects this community and vice versa. Here, our role as a community partner is especially vital.
Cascade is a major supporter of area schools. In the past year, we participated in a job fair at McMinnville High School; donated steel, tools, and personal protective equipment to several high schools; and hosted a charity golf tournament where the proceeds went to the McMinnville School District. We are also a sponsor of Lemonade Day, a program designed to teach kids about the importance and benefits of entrepreneurship.
In addition, Cascade supports local businesses as a member of the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce and participant in the Leadership Mac program for aspiring community leaders. Other outreach includes partnerships with the Yamhill County Watershed Council to help preserve and care for our local parks, sponsorship of the Yamhill County Fair and Turkey Rama, and support for organizations that help underserved community members such as Juliette’s House and the Yamhill Community Action Partnership.