MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – NUCOR Corporation announced plans in mid-January to build a state-of-the-art facility in the Apple Grove area of Mason County.
Last week, the company filed plans with the US Army Corps of Engineers to apply for applications and permits to work at the site.
According to the filing, construction would occupy 664 of the site’s 691 acres.
The county has spent years trying to market the land along the Ohio River off Route 2 for commercial space.
John Musgrave, Director of the Mason County Development Authority came out of retirement to help bring the project to the area.
“My understanding from Nucor is that they ordered their equipment and they ordered for about a billion and a half dollars,” he said.
Environmental agencies will spend the months of May and June conducting site surveys to see if there is presence or absence of the endangered Indiana fruit bat or certain species of mussels. The company also plans to clear approximately 90 acres of trees.
Musgrave says they are also looking at ways to prepare for a large workforce.
“We need housing, we need apartments, we need caravan spaces which are temporary in nature,” he said. “We put all of this together, we collect this information online through our website and create a list.”
Including a partnership with Marshall, Mountwest Community and Technical College, The Byrd Institute and Mason County Schools to help train future employees.
“We envision developing a program that will not only train people at the secondary level, but also train those seeking jobs and opportunities in the steel industry,” he said.
Another topic of discussion is potential changes to Route 2. With a facility of this size, the highway will be tested with increased traffic and commuters.
Another item listed in the plans includes the need for docks to support barges along the Ohio River serving the plant.
The report states that the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) has been consulted and has determined that there are currently no properties listed on the NRHP that would be indirectly or directly affected by the proposed works.
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