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Nucor Corporation Expanding in Berkeley County

Aug 30, 2022 11:45AM ● By David Dykes

Nucor Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of steel and steel products in North America, announced plans on Aug. 30, 2022, to expand operations in Berkeley County. 

The Charlotte-based company is investing $200 million over the next five years, according to the Governor’s Office and state officials.

With roots dating back to 1905, Nucor manufactures a variety of products including carbon and alloy steel; hollow structural tubing; electrical conduit; precision castings; and more. 

The company’s products serve the agriculture, automotive and energy industries along with various others.

Located at 1455 Old Hagan Ave. in Huger, Nucor’s expansion will include the construction of an air separation unit (ASU) for the purpose of supplying industrial gases to the mill’s steelmaking operations, according to state officials.

When complete, the ASU will be operated by UIG, LLC, a Nucor wholly owned subsidiary that specializes in industrial gas supply and services. 

The project will allow Nucor – through UIG, LLC – to produce and supply all the gases needed for the steel mill from the new Nucor-owned facility, both now and into the future, state officials said.

The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. 

The state’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $100,000 Set-Aside grant to Berkeley County to assist with project-related costs.

“Nucor acquired UIG, LLC in 2019 so that we would have the capability to design, build and operate our own air separation units, giving us an alternative to long-term service contracts with outside providers,” said Nucor Steel Berkeley Vice President and General Manager Mike Lee. 

“We are proud of our company’s long-time partnership with the state of South Carolina, and we are excited to continue to invest in the state where Nucor first began operating nearly 60 years ago.” 

“Once again, we’re excited to watch Nucor grow its footprint within our state. This sends a signal to other businesses that South Carolina is a great place to locate and find long-term success,” said Gov. Henry McMaster.