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Atlas Tube Donates Materials to Help Rebuild Haiti Trade School Following Earthquake

CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group, has donated 16 tons of steel hollow structural sections (HSS) to help rebuild L'École Lakay, a trade school located in Haiti that was severely damaged in the 2010 earthquake.

The town of Le Soleil, Haiti, was devastated by the earthquake, and L'École Lakay was left in an uninhabitable condition in its wake. A trade school run by the Salesiens of Don Basco, L'Ecole Lakay was forced to close due to the damage, but is now getting a second chance thanks to help provided by the Canadian Institute of Steel (CISC) and Atlas Tube.

The CISC is part of an initiative that is raising funds and resources to rebuild the school tailored to the construction trades. As part of this effort, Atlas Tube has donated 16 tons of steel, including square tube (5x5 x .250) and round tube (4" OD) that will be used to build columns for the school.

"Donating steel to help rebuild L'École Lakay is not only critical to the future students of Haiti, but to the future of the construction industry," said David Seeger, president of JMC Steel Group. "Ensuring the ongoing education of Haiti's skilled youth in construction trades will allow these graduates to help rebuild their country and help ensure that the future of the trades and construction industry is bright."

The new, 2,100-square-meter L'École Lakay trade school will be primarily constructed from steel and will feature 16 classrooms, workshops, washrooms, offices, storage areas, covered walkways and a shaded outdoor space. Student enrollment increased dramatically since previous years and L'École Lakay expects to accommodate 200 students when it reopens.

Atlas Tube will roll the materials in December 2012, and the steel will ship to L'École Lakay in early January 2013.

For more information on the CISC's initiative to raise funds for L'École Lakay in Haiti, please visit their website.

About Atlas Tube

Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group, produces a wide range of steel tubular products and is the leading provider of steel hollow structural sections (HSS) in North America. Other offerings include HSS Design Tools, straight-seam electric resistance welding (ERW) pipe piling and EPOX Z KOTE®powder primed tubing. For more information, contact Atlas Tube at 800.733.5683 or info@atlastube.com. Or visit atlastube.com

Jelani Rucker

312.275.1626

jelani.rucker@jmcsteel.com

About JMC Steel Group

JMC Steel Group includes the operating divisions of Atlas Tube, Picoma, Energex Tube and Wheatland Tube. It is the largest independent manufacturer of hollow structural sections (HSS) and steel pipe in North America, and the top producer of electrical conduit and elbows, couplings and nipples in the United States. JMC Steel Group delivers a broad range of pipe and tube solutions that build its customers' success. For more information, contact JMC Steel Group at 312.275.1600 or info@jmcsteel.com. Or visit jmcsteelgroup.com

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About The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC)

The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) is the national industry organization representing the structural steel, open web steel joist and steel platework fabricating industries. Formed in 1930, CISC was granted a Federal Charter as a non-profit industry association in 1942. CISC operates as a technical, marketing and government relations organization. CISC serves the industry, owners, developers, architects, engineers, contractors, educational institutions and all levels of government.

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