Progress on Nucor facility continues


SETH DUKES

Newsroom Coordinator


 Buttermilk Falls Industrial Park has changed significantly in the last year as progress on Nucor’s $1.7 billion steel plate manufacturing mill progresses.

 The facility’s administration building and shipping facility are both under roof. The shipping facility will be used as a warehouse until production begins. That building makes up approximately 250,000 square feet of the projected 1.5 million square feet that will be under roof at the mill.

 Currently, there are 15 contractor companies and more than 700 contractor team members on site daily. Nucor Steel Brandenburg General Manager Johnny Jacobs says that there will be approximately 1,500 contractor team members on site at the height of construction.

 Nucor has also started the hiring process, adding 176 team members so far, 80 of which are local hires. Jacobs projected that they will have hired 205 team members at the end of September, 106 of those being local hires. Nucor jobs can be found and applied for at meadejobs.nucor.com.

 Jacobs said that they’re still anticipating production to begin at the end of next year.

 Nucor has had an excellent second quarter, according to their earnings call in July. Their consolidated net earnings for the quarter were $1.5 billion, a more than $500 million increase compared to the first quarter of 2021. This quarter provided the company with the highest quarterly earnings in the company history. Company leaders expect their third quarter earnings, available Oct. 21, to be even higher.

 Editor’s note: The author of this article owns shares of Nucor.

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