Nucor to Build New Midwestern Steel Plate Mill

Photo: Bridge replacement over the Patapsco River Flats south of Baltimore, Md. Plate for this project provided by Nucor Steel (Photo Credit: Nucor Steel)

Nucor Corporation (an AISC member producer) has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art plate mill in the Midwest; the exact location is yet to be determined. Nucor's Board of Directors has approved an investment of $1.35 billion to build the mill, which is expected to be fully operational in 2022 and will be capable of producing 1.2 million tons per year of steel plate products, for structural use. The project is expected to create approximately 400 full-time jobs.

Leon Topalian, executive vice president of beam and plate products, said, "By building this state-of-the-art plate mill in the Midwest – the largest plate-consuming area in the United States – we will enhance our ability to serve our customers in the region while also furthering our goal of meeting all the steel needs of our customers around the country. We expect to select a site for the new mill early this year."

The new plate mill will produce cut-to-length, coiled, heat-treated and discrete plate ranging from 60 in. to 160 in. wide and 3/16 in. to 14 in. thick, enabling Nucor to supply plate products that it does not currently offer. Nucor currently operates plate mills in North Carolina, Alabama and Texas.

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