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Nucor plans $280M upgrade project at Tuscaloosa steel plate mill

The Nucor steel plate mill in Tuscaloosa will undergo a $280 million modernization, the company announced Friday. The investment will enable Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa to strengthen its ability to serve key market segments that are part of the overall Plate Mill Group strategy, Nucor said in a news release.

“We continuously invest in our teammates and facilities where we see opportunities to create value for our customers,” said Al Behr, executive vice president for Plate and Structural Products. “This modernization project will bolster the plate group’s position as the most diverse and comprehensive product mix in the industry.”

The project is predicted to keep the mill competitive and open market opportunities.

“Our Plate Mill Group team has done a phenomenal job executing our strategic shift and greatly improving the profitability of our plate mills,” said Brian Phillippi, vice president and general manager of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa. “The modernization and upgrade of the rolling mill at Tuscaloosa is an important investment that will keep our mill competitive in the global steel industry and open up new market opportunities for our team.

“We appreciate the support we have received from the Tuscaloosa County Economic Development Authority for this project.”

Comprised of production facilities in North Carolina, Kentucky and Tuscaloosa, Nucor’s Plate Mill Group has an annual capacity of approximately 3 million tons of cut-to-length and discrete plate.

Nucor produces plate for military applications and for manufacturers of barges, bridges, heavy equipment, rail cars, refinery tanks, ships, wind towers and other items that are primarily used in the pipe and tube, pressure vessel, transportation and construction industries.

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