Nucor picks West Virginia for big state-of-the-art steelmaking plant

WEST VIRGINIA — Nucor, the nation’s biggest steel producer, has selected West Virginia for a $2.7 billion state-of-the-art manufacturing facility over Pennsylvania and Ohio, where the company had also searched.

The Nucor (NYSE: NUE) sheet mill will be located along the banks of the Ohio River in Mason County, West Virginia, roughly between Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia. Sources had told the Business Times since the search was announced in September 2021 that places in the tri-state area near Pittsburgh had been considered, although local officials had declined comment. A transload and processing facility for the plant is being considered for northern West Virginia, the company said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. Media reports said that could be located in Weirton, close to Pittsburgh.

The plant will employ about 800 people full time and would have a production capacity of about 3 million tons a year with 84-inch steel and 76-inch tandem cold mill and two galvanizing lines. The construction should take about two years after regulatory approval in West Virginia, and it will involve at least 1,000 workers.

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