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Nucor Investing $4.4 Million at Decatur Facility

Written by Sandy Williams

Nucor plans to invest $4.4 million in its Decatur steel manufacturing plant to upgrade the hot metal pickle line.

On Monday, the Decatur Industrial Development Board approved an abatement of about $117,545 in non-educational state, city and county taxes over a 10-year period for the project.

“We appreciate Nucor’s continued investment in their Decatur operations to remain competitive and retain the well-paying jobs for our citizens,” said Jeremy Nails, president and CEO of the Morgan County Economic Development Association.

Chad Potter, division controller for Nucor Steel Decatur, called the investment a small but important one for Nucor. The new equipment for the pickle line will improve the company’s ability to serve the growing automotive market.

The upgrades will not create any new jobs but are expected to enhance job security for the facility’s 730 employees.

Work on the line is scheduled to begin on Friday and be finished by the end of 2016. Nucor spokeswoman Katherine Miller said the upgrade of the pickle line at the sheet mill will be done during times of routine scheduled maintenance and will not cause any disruption to production or service to customers.

“When the project is completed, our Decatur mill will be able to serve additional sheet markets, including automotive,” said Miller. “This project will allow Nucor Steel Decatur to move up the value chain, which is part of Nucor’s long-term strategy for profitable growth.”

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