Nucor Steel Arkansas and Nucor-Yamato Steel Co. have each donated $500,000 to the National Cold War Center in Blytheville, the organization announced.
The funds will support ongoing efforts to make the center at the decommissioned Eaker Air Force Base a major Delta tourism destination. Both steel companies operate mills in Blytheville.
“We appreciate the incredible generosity of companies that already play a crucial role in our local community and its economy,” Mary Gay Shipley, chair of the museum’s board of directors, said in a statement. “We are especially glad that these industrial leaders recognize the economic impact The National Cold War Center will have in Mississippi County.”
The museum in September received $1.9 million in state funds to advance the project. Two aircraft and a refurbished alert facility are part of the overall plan.
The first major on-site exhibit, which explores the base’s history and its impact on the Blytheville community, opened in 2020.