MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WBMA) — Governor Kay Ivey announced Wednesday that Nucor Corp. plans to invest approximately $125 million to open an advanced manufacturing facility in the state that will create 200 full-time jobs.
The Decatur facility will be a new business unit called Nucor Towers & Structures that will produce transmission towers.
The positions, which are expected to have an average annual compensation of $75,000, will be filled over a four-year period.
“Alabama offers world-class companies like Nucor all the advantages they need to find success, including a skilled workforce, a pro-business environment and a solid support system,” said Governor Ivey. “This investment project is a win for Nucor, Decatur and all of Alabama.”
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Nucor established the new business unit after its 2022 acquisition of Summit Utility Structures LLC and Sovereign Steel Manufacturing LLC, which produces metal poles and other steel structures for utility infrastructure and highway signage.
“We are very excited to be building this new tower production plant in Alabama, where Nucor has a long history and presence throughout the state,” said Leon Topalian, Chair, President, and CEO of Nucor Corp. “As America’s most diverse industrial manufacturer of steel products, we will be able to efficiently supply this new plant, helping to ensure that our nation’s critical energy and digital infrastructure is built with the cleanest, most sustainable steel in the world.”
Nucor facilities in Alabama produce steel, tubular products, joists and decking, and metal buildings, with locations in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Fort Payne, Eufaula, and Decatur.
The company’s capital investment in Decatur includes land improvements, the construction of a new building, and manufacturing equipment. The new plant will be located adjacent to the Nucor Steel Decatur sheet steel mill.
Nucor said several factors are driving increased demand for utility infrastructure, including grid hardening, renewable energy projects, building a nationwide network of EV chargers, natural disasters and replacements, and population growth. Also, increased federal government support for electric infrastructure and clean energy projects will drive additional demand.
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