For Nucor, new NC micro grinder

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Nucor’s new micro-plant will produce rebar, which is primarily used in reinforcing concrete for the construction of roads, buildings, bridges and other structures. The manufacturer’s steel bar products are said to contain 97% recycled content. Photo credit: Nucor

Industrial steel maker Nucor Corporation plans to build a $350 million rebar micro-factory in Lexington, North Carolina, to be served by Winston-Salem Southbound Railway, jointly owned by Norfolk Southern (NS ) and CSX.

With an annual capacity of 430,000 tonnes, the new plant is expected to employ around 200 full-time workers when operational and create an additional 500 temporary jobs during construction, which is expected to take two years pending permits and regulatory approvals, said reported Nucor in April. 7.

The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR), through its NCRR Invests economic development initiative, is providing approximately $750,000 to help construct a new rail spur and onsite loading, unloading and storage tracks . “The new railway modifications will increase the activity [in the state] an additional 2,000 cars each year,” the NCRR reported.

Leon Topalian, President and CEO of Nucor

Nucor is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has manufacturing sites across the United States. It employs directly and through affiliates approximately 800 North Carolina residents at a sheet steel plant in Hertford County; a Harris Rebar manufacturing plant in Lumberton; and three scrap metal recycling facilities in the state, which will supply raw materials for the new Lexington plant. Through The David J. Joseph Company, Nucor also trades ferrous and non-ferrous metals, pig iron and hot briquetted iron/reduced iron directly; provides ferroalloys; and processes ferrous and non-ferrous scrap.

“The corridor between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta is one of the fastest growing regions in our country, and new federal infrastructure spending will further increase rebar demand in the region,” said the Nucor President and CEO, Leon Topalian. “Nucor Steel Lexington will produce steel with nearly 100% recycled content, which means our new modern infrastructure will be made with the most sustainable steel available anywhere in the world.

“Manufacturing is the heart of North Carolina’s economy, thanks to our skilled workers and the workforce training systems that support them,” said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. . “Nucor already calls North Carolina home, and their decision to expand here is great for our national supply chain that supports our rapidly growing economy.”

NCRR President and CEO, Carl Warren

“Railway infrastructure is extremely important in attracting high-quality manufacturers and distributors who create well-paying jobs in our communities,” said NCRR President and CEO Carl Warren. “Sometimes these companies need space to expand their site footprint or operations. Through NCRR Invests, we are able to contribute to an effort that includes Davidson County, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Economic Development Partnership, and many others who have made this incredible opportunity a reality for the people of Davidson County.

Other project partners include North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Department of Transportation, North Carolina Department of Revenue, GoldenLEAF Foundation, Winston-Salem Southbound, Davidson County Economic Development Commission, Davidson County, City of Thomasville, City of Lexington and Davidson Water Inc.

In related developments, Nucor announced in February that it would begin construction this year on a more than $2.7 billion sheet metal plant in Mason County, W.Va., which will be serviced by CSX.

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