Nucor Chooses West Virginia for New, State-of-the-Art Sheet Mill

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Nucor Corporation announced the construction of a new state-of-the-art sheet mill in Mason County, West Virginia.

Nucor’s Ohio River location in West Virginia provides significant transportation and logistics advantages, as well as a stronger ability to serve customers in the Midwest and Northeast, the two largest sheet-consuming regions in the United States.

When fully operational, the new mill will employ approximately 800 full-time teammates.

“Following a thorough process to determine the right location for our state-of-the-art, greenfield sheet mill, we are thrilled to make this significant investment in West Virginia and enhance our presence in this important region,” Leon Topalian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nucor Corporation said.

“Our new sheet mill in Mason County will have unmatched capabilities that will enable the continued expansion of high-quality, low carbon steels, building on our industry-leading offerings.”

“We are pleased to create hundreds of new, high-paying jobs, and position West Virginia as a leader in clean steel production.”

“We are also excited to create substantial long-term value for investors through this high-return investment, which will help drive Nucor’s continued growth.”

As previously announced, the new sheet mill is expected to cost around $2.7 billion and have a capacity of three million tons of steel per year.

The new mill will be able to produce 84-inch sheet products and will include, among other things, a 76-inch tandem cold mill and two galvanizing lines.

Galvanizing will be available on an advanced high-end automotive line with full inspection capabilities, as well as a construction-grade line.

Aside from its advanced capabilities and strategic location, the new greenfield mill will have a significantly lower carbon footprint than competitors who previously supplied the region.

Subject to permitting and regulatory approvals, construction is expected to take two years.

Other Northern West Virginia locations are being considered for a transload and processing facility.

“We thank Governor Jim Justice, Secretary Mitch Carmichael and the West Virginia Department of Economic Development, Speaker of the House of Delegates Roger Hanshaw, Senate President Craig Blair, and local officials in Mason County for their partnership and support of this project,” John Farris, Vice President & General Manager of Nucor Steel West Virginia stated.

“We look forward to breaking ground in Mason County and partnering with colleges and universities on workforce development programs, supporting veterans’ organizations and local food pantries, and working with opioid recovery programs that will provide meaningful pathways to jobs.”

Owen is one of our main correspondents based out of New York.