Nucor Planning New W.Va. Sheet Steel Mill

Steel company Nucor plans to build a new plant in West Virginia that will be served by CSX.

The $2.7 billion-plus sheet steel mill will be located in Mason County and is expected to take two years to develop pending permit and regulatory approvals.

The mill is projected to have the capacity to produce up to 3 million tons of sheet steel per year for the automotive, appliance, HVAC, heavy equipment, agricultural, transportation and construction markets.

Nucor, which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, said the plant will create 84-inch sheet products and, among other features, will include a 76-inch tandem cold mill and, initially, two galvanizing lines. Galvanizing capabilities are said to include an advanced high-end automotive line with full inspection capabilities as well as a construction-grade line.

The plant will employ 800, company officials said, and serve customers in the upper Midwest and Northeast.

In announcing development of the steel plant, Nucor said it considered sites for the facility in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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