Nucor Plans $115 Million Expansion at Blytheville Plant

Nucor Corp. said Tuesday that its Nucor-Yamato Steel Co., a joint venture between Nucor and Yamato Kogyo Co. Ltd., approved a $115 million plan to expand hot rolled sheet piling production at its steel mill in Blytheville.

The expansion is expected to be completed in early 2014.

The company said the expansion will add new sheet piling sections that increase single sheet widths by 22 percent and provide "a lighter stronger sheet covering more area at a lower installed cost."

Nucor has more than 1,300 workers at three operations in Arkansas, ranking No. 15 on Arkansas Business' 2011 list of the state's largest manufacturers.

"The new sections will provide our piling distributor customers with the broadest range of American-made piling solutions available today," the company said in a news release. "Our sheet and H-piling products service the most challenging applications including marine construction, bridge and highway construction, heavy civil construction, storm protection, underground commercial parking and environment containment projects in the infrastructure and construction industry."

Nucor and affiliates make steel products at operating facilities mainly in the U.S. and Canada.