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  1. Olin Brass proud to support local community, donates fire truck to QEM Fire Protection District

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    East Alton, IL — Olin Brass is pleased to support the volunteer firefighters in a nearby community through a fire truck donation to the QEM Fire Protection District. Safety is a shared value for Olin Brass and QEM, and a top priority for both organizations. The retired Engine 5111 is a 1987 Pierce Ford Rescue / Pumper with Waterous 1,000 GPM pump and a 750-gallon tank.

    Olin Brass Fire Chief, Tim Bunt, is a local volunteer Chief for Rosewood Heights Fire Protection District and he works closely with all of the area departments, both in training exercises and emergency support.  Fire Chief Gerald New, of QEM, contacted Chief Bunt when he heard Olin Brass was replacing one of its fire engines.

    “It is very important to Olin Brass that we are a good neighbor. In addition, every member of the Olin Brass Fire Department is a volunteer firefighter in our surrounding communities, as well as several from our operations team. Our firefighters, as well as hundreds of other first responders in our rural areas, serve these volunteer departments for no pay, even though they are heading toward dangerous situations regularly. Olin Brass has great pride in the many volunteers in our community, and we are humbled that we could help support their efforts in this way,” says Joe Wickenhauser, Lead Safety & Security Officer for Olin Brass.

    QEM plans to use Engine 5111 primarily to respond to vehicle accidents and vehicle fires, reserving its current trucks for other emergencies. Fire Chief Gerald New explains, “This will help take wear and tear off of the other trucks in our department and will extend the useful life of our current fire trucks. This important addition will assist our first responders who protect citizens across 127 square miles in our community.”

    “Olin Brass is fully committed to safety excellence. We are proud of the work our employees do every day, and their commitment to safety is unmatched. This donation to QEM demonstrates not only our commitment to safety, but also our appreciation for this wonderful community,” adds Dale Taylor, President of Olin Brass.

    Olin Brass is a proud employer of over 1,000 people at its Brass Mill and Casting Plant in East Alton, IL, and nearly 2,000 total employees at locations across the country.

    About Olin Brass

    Olin Brass is a division of GBC Metals, LLC, which is a key part of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. is a leading, value-added converter, fabricator, processor, and distributor of specialized non-ferrous products in North America. We engage in metal melting and casting, rolling, drawing, extruding, welding, stamping, and coating to fabricate finished and semi-finished alloy products from processed scrap, virgin metals, and other refined metals. Our products include a wide range of sheet, strip, foil, rod, tube, painted and fabricated metal component products. Our products are used in a variety of applications across diversified markets, including the building and housing, munitions, automotive, transportation, coinage, electronics/electrical components, industrial machinery and equipment and general consumer markets.

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    About QEM Fire District

    The QEM Fire Protection District is a volunteer department headquartered in Elsah, IL and serves the southwestern portion of Jersey County. Additionally, QEM provides fire protection to Otter Creek Fire Protection District by contract. We cover about 127 square miles, currently out of two fire stations. A third station has been planned for Otterville in the near future. Currently, QEM has 15 volunteers who provide a variety of services including fire suppression (both structure and wild land), vehicle and water rescue, and agricultural rescue. QEM provides EMS assistance to the local ambulance services providing both ALS and BLS care. We are also heavily involved in fire prevention within the schools and local businesses, as well as other community functions.   Last year, QEM responded to 540 calls for assistance within its district and provided mutual aid to surrounding fire districts.

  2. Olin Brass expands its antimicrobial copper product line through a collaboration with Aereus Technologies

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    Louisville, KY— Olin Brass and Aereus Technologies are teaming up to launch CuVerro Shield™ by Aereus Technologies – a new solid antimicrobial copper alloy solution that kills 99% of bacteria on contact and can be used to enhance nearly any form, shape, or type of solid surface material – including metals, heat-sensitive wood composites, tiles, polymers, and plastics.

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  3. CuVerro copper plays role in infection prevention in University of Louisville Hospital’s Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit

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    Technologies and materials expected to significantly reduce incidence of infection

    Louisville, Dec. 1, 2017 – The University of Louisville Hospital’s Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, in combination with UofL’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center, is the latest hospital facility – and first in the Kentuckiana region – to use CuVerro antimicrobial copper as part of an overall strategy to control infections. Copper is a known bactericidal material and has been shown to reduce bacteria loads on high touch surfaces by 99.9%.

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  4. Olin Brass earns Energy Star “Partner of the Year” honors

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    In recognition of ongoing efforts to improve energy efficiency at all of its U.S. facilities, Olin Brass was named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

    It marks the first year Olin Brass has earned the award, the highest bestowed by the EPA each year. Read the entire announcement at the link below.

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  5. Seeing is believing: new video shows bacteria- killing CuVerro in action

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    The bactericidal power of copper has never been clearer than it is in this terrific video press release issued by CuVerro®.

    The video, a side-by- side comparison of CuVerro vs. stainless steel surfaces, shows a colony of the superbug MRSA superbug dying in minutes on the CuVerro surface while another colony thrives on stainless.

    To access the video and read the accompanying article, please click here

  6. Purdue unveils “CuVerro® Offense” to keep football squad healthy

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    In football, they say the best offense is a great defense. Especially when it defends your team against all kinds of harmful bacteria.

    That’s Purdue University’s twist on the old adage after introducing CuVerro® plated products to its weight room and training facilities this past season. And it’s paid big dividends on and off the field, according to this feature published earlier this spring.

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  7. Olin Brass celebrating 100th anniversary

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    (June, 21, 2016 – East Alton, IL)  In 1916, 100 years ago, the first bars of copper alloy were cast at the Olin Brass mill in East Alton, Illinois, and one of the great stories in the American metals industry began.

    The Olin Brass story will be told in greater detail in the coming weeks as the company draws attention to its many accomplishments over the past century.

    The story will unfold over several months, with each chapter available on a wide range of media, including the company’s website,, as well as through email, social media, and online news articles. It will culminate with a special event at the Olin Brass East Alton facility during the Fall that will include local officials, community members, and, of course, Olin Brass employees past and present.

    “Throughout our history, Olin Brass has made incalculable contributions to the community we share, the industries we serve, and to people and companies all over the world,” said Bill Toler, Olin Brass President. “Reaching our 100th anniversary is an achievement of which we are all very proud.  Sharing that pride is what this is all about.”

    For more information about the Olin Brass centennial celebration, please email:

    A subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc., GBC Metals, LLC, dba Olin Brass is a world leader and one of the oldest, most innovative and diverse producers of copper alloys and products in the world. With six domestic operating units and an international group serving Asia and the Pacific Rim, the organization is poised to maintain and expand its presence in copper markets worldwide. For more information, visit