The nation’s largest steel producer, Nucor Corp. recently announced their plans to build a steel plant manufacturing mill in Brandenburg, Kentucky. Based in Charlotte, N.C., Nucorp currently employs more than 26,000 workers at over 300 locations.
This new location along the Ohio River will create more than 400 jobs in the Brandenburg area with an average salary of $72,000. A variety of full-time positions will be available, including equipment operators, production specialists, office support staff, environmental technicians and engineers.
Gov. Matt Bevin joined Nucor Corp. executives for the announcement. “These are the jobs upon which the greatness of America was made,” said Bevin, “This massive project will transform the region’s economy and provide high-quality jobs to Kentuckians for generations to come.”
Bevin also said the new mill in Brandenburg will be one of Kentucky’s largest-ever single investments. President and CEO of Nucor Corp., John Ferriola said the Brandenburg project will cost $1.35 billion to build and bring the company up to $2 billion in investments within Kentucky. Various programs have offered Nucor a combined $80 million in state incentives.
Another $650 million is being used to expand Nucor’s steel mill in Ghent, which has been an ongoing project since May 2017. This plant already employs 2,000 people and is expanding its workforce along with the plant.
Nucor expects construction of the 1.5 million-square-foot facility in Brandenburg to begin by the end of the year and be ready by 2022. The construction alone will bring in over 2,000 construction jobs to the area.
Once built, the steel plant will be able to produce 1.2 million tons of steel per year to help meet national demands.
Bevin feels confident that Nucor Corp. will have a substantial impact on Kentucky’s manufacturing industry. “Thanks to Nucor’s strong commitment to the commonwealth, we are taking another momentous step toward solidifying our reputation as America’s engineering and manufacturing center of excellence.”