MASON COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – A new sheet steel plant is coming to Mason County, WV that will bring 800 full-time jobs and 1,000 construction jobs to the area, officials say. State.
Governor Jim Justice has said that Nucor Corporation will build a state-of-the-art three million ton sheet metal plant in the Apple Grove area of Mason County. The plant will cover an area of approximately 1,300 acres with a second company facility scheduled to be built in the northern enclave. State lawmakers call the project “one of the largest in recent state history.”
“This is a landmark announcement in the history of our state,” Justice said. “Nucor’s brand new facility will be a key part of West Virginia’s DNA in the long term. It will change lives by creating hundreds of well paying jobs in Mason County, and the economic ripple effects will bring even more goodness to our state.
The company said in September that it had approved construction and was evaluating locations in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio to choose an area that would be best suited geographically to serve customers in the Midwest and Northeast while also having a lower carbon footprint. Once built, this plate plant is expected to cost around $ 2.7 billion and will have the capacity to produce three million tonnes of steel each year.
“I sincerely thank Nucor for their commitment to West Virginia and for allowing us to show our ability to compete with other states for major manufacturing facilities like this. It took a team of people to be successful, and I’m extremely proud of everyone involved, ”Justice said.
The West Virginia legislature was called in special session Monday to set a framework for the project, including tax incentives and how to move money for development. The bill, also known as the West Virginia Industrial Advancement Act, was passed by the Senate on Monday and the House of Delegates on Tuesday before going to the governor’s office for final approval.
Nucor Corporation, a Fortune 150 company, is the largest steel producer in the United States. The company is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Justice says that the company “produces steel by recycling scrap metal in electric arc furnaces”. According to the governor’s office, this process makes Nucor the largest recycler of any material in North America, making the company one of the cleanest steel producers in the world.
“We are extremely pleased to be building this new steel plant in West Virginia. It will be the most advanced sheet mill in the world, producing the most durable steel that will build our nation’s modern economy in the 21st century, ”said Leon Topalian, President and CEO of Nucor Corporation. “This is a transformational project that will have a significant economic impact in Mason County and its surrounding areas. We look forward to being a part of the community for decades to come.
The approximately 3 million tonnes of sheet steel that the plant will produce per year will be used for the automotive, appliance, HVAC, heavy equipment, agriculture, transportation and construction. Nucor says the facility will also have advanced downstream processing capabilities, including a tandem cold rolling mill, annealing capabilities and, initially, two galvanizing zones.
“Today’s announcement is a wonderful way to start the New Year and really shows that when you put politics aside and come together in a bipartisan way, great things happen. Nucor will make Mason County the new home for its state-of-the-art steel mill that will employ West Virginia people in well-paying, long-term jobs, ”said US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). “And Nucor is committed to investing time and resources in our state, our communities and their workers. The significant investments made under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act have made West Virginia an even more attractive place for organizations like Nucor and as a result we will continue to attract investment. exciting economic developments of this magnitude that are transforming the region and our people. .
Nucor says they expect the Mason County facility to be operational by 2024 and construction is expected to take about two years, pending permit and regulatory approvals. They also plan to build a transshipment and processing center in the upstate “to create a larger logistics network” that will allow them to better serve customers in the upper Midwest and Northeast.
“We thank Governor Jim Justice, Secretary Mitch Carmichael and the West Virginia Department of Economic Development, Speaker of the House of Delegates Roger Hanshaw, Speaker of the Senate Craig Blair and local Mason County officials for their support. partnership and their support for this project, ”said John Farris, vice president and general manager of Nucor Steel West Virginia. “We look forward to innovating in Mason County and working with colleges and universities on workforce development programs, supporting local veterans organizations and pantries, and working with opioid recovery programs that will provide meaningful pathways to employment. “
According to the WV legislature, West Virginia University economics expert John Deskins has prepared an impact study on the proposed project, predicting an economic impact of $ 25 billion with a potential of 5,000. new downstream jobs in the state thanks to this project.
“One of the ways we can make West Virginia a more attractive place for businesses to grow and prosper is by making sure we have the tools to compete with the economic incentives offered by other states in the United States. country, ”said US Senator Shelley Moore Capito. (R-WV). “Today’s announcement that Nucor will be relocating to Mason County is proof that West Virginia can provide this kind of environment. At the federal level, we have taken the lead and put in place a bipartite infrastructure package, which is now law, which will help address the main infrastructure challenges of our country. But, materials are needed to provide these solutions. Nucor’s investment means that we will not only be able to manufacture these necessary materials, but we will also be able to manufacture them right here in West Virginia.
“We are proud that Nucor has chosen West Virginia for this major investment,” said Representative David McKinley (R-WV). “This is exciting news for Mason County and the state as a whole, and the jobs associated with the plant will provide opportunity for thousands of West Virginia people. Good roads, access to water and sewers, and a reliable and fast internet connection are all important factors when choosing a location. This is why it is essential to give priority to the infrastructures of our State and this will pay off with long-term investments like the one that Nucor is making. “