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Nucor to expand sheet mill in Kentucky from 1,600,000 to 3,000,000 tons per year

September 14, 2018
Source: ASM International

Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C., reports that its Board of Directors has approved an investment of $650 million to expand the production capability of Nucor Steel Gallatin, the company's flat-rolled sheet steel mill in Ghent, Kentucky. This investment will increase the production capability from 1,600,000 tons to approximately 3,000,000 tons annually and will increase the maximum coil width to approximately 73 inches. The project is expected to create 70 full-time jobs.


This expansion complements the $176 million investment currently underway to construct a hot band continuous pickle galvanizing line at Nucor Steel Gallatin. The pickle galvanizing line is expected to be operational in the first half of 2019 and will produce approximately 500,000 tons per year of galvanized hot band steel. Nucor continues to evaluate additional expansion projects as part of the company's initiative to further grow its sheet business.


"This investment is another major component of our planned strategy for long-term profitable growth," said John Ferriola, Chairman, CEO & President of Nucor. "Together with the new galvanizing line, this expansion increases our presence in the important Midwest market, specifically in the automotive, agriculture, heavy equipment, and energy pipe and tube sectors." Nucor acquired the former Gallatin Steel Company in late 2014 for a purchase price of approximately $780 million.

Subject Classifications

Industries and Applications | Automobiles and Ground Transportation

Industries and Applications | Petroleum and Chemical Processing

Industries and Applications | Pipelines

Metals and Alloys | Carbon and Alloy Steels

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