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Nucor to Build Galv Line at Berkeley

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Nucor will build two new galvanizing lines at its steelmaking facilities in the United States. One is slated for its Nucor Steel Berkeley facility in South Carolina, while the other will be constructed in the Western United States, with details announced at a later date.

The new line at Berkeley will support the company’s strategy to expand its capabilities and grow participation in the automotive and consumer durable goods markets. The line will have a capacity of 500,000 tons with the ability to produce galvanized material up to 72 inches wide.

"These investments support our strategy of shifting our mix to higher margin value-added products and capitalizing on sustainability trends that are driving opportunities for Nucor," said Leon Topalian, chair, president and CEO of Nucor Corporation. "The new Berkeley line will complement our recent galvanizing expansions at our

Start-up on the $425 million line is expected in mid-2025.

Nucor operates five sheet mills that utilize thin slab casters to produce flat-rolled steel for automotive, appliance, construction, pipe and tube, and many other industrial and consumer applications. The current capacity of Nucor's sheet mills is estimated at approximately 13 million tons per year.

Nucor has a sixth sheet mill under construction in West Virginia and additionally owns a majority stake in California Steel Industries as well as a joint venture automotive galvanizing line in Mexico. All of Nucor's sheet mills are equipped with galvanizing lines and five of them are equipped with cold rolling mills for the further processing of hot-rolled sheet steel.