Nucor plans 430K-ton rebar mill for North Carolina site

Sources: Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C.; CP staff

Nucor has confirmed a Lexington, N.C. site for a $350 million concrete rebar mill, construction of which received board approval earlier this year. With a 2024-25 projected start up and 430,000 tons’ annual capacity, the operation will become the company’s third micro rebar mill, alongside recently completed Missouri and Florida facilities. Micro mill template scale and engineering afford energy savings and improved rebar output efficiencies when measured against larger, legacy steel bar mills. 

“We are excited to grow our business here in our home state of North Carolina. The corridor between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing regions in our nation, and new federal spending for infrastructure will further increase demand for rebar in the region,” says Nucor CEO Leon Topalian. “Nucor Steel Lexington will produce rebar with nearly 100 percent recycled content, which means our new, modern infrastructure will be made with the most sustainable steel available anywhere in the world.”

Nucor’s 15 U.S. bar mills, including the Missouri and Florida micro rebar operations, have approximately 9.5 million tons of annual capacity for construction and other industries. 

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