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Steel Processor Majestic to Add Huge Plant at Nucor Arkansas

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Majestic Steel USA Inc. gave Mississippi County’s image as a steelmaking hub an extra sheen Aug. 30, announcing plans to build a 515,000-SF service center and high-tech processing facility on the campus of Nucor Steel Arkansas in Blytheville.

The project by privately held Majestic, based in Cleveland, will generate 225 local jobs once it’s running at full scale, and will include next-generation processing and warehousing equipment.

The announcement of the facility, which will serve as a master distribution site for the family-owned distributor and processor of flat-rolled steel, was announced the same day Arkansas Business featured Nucor, Big River Steel and Prospect Steel in a report on Mississippi County’s red hot steel manufacturing industry.

Nucor, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the nation’s largest maker of steel and steel products. No estimate of the project’s capital outlay was announced, though officials called the investment significant.

The Majestic site at Nucor Arkansas, known informally as the Hickman plant for a tiny hamlet nearby, is positioned to take advantage of a new galvanized line that Nucor is building, according to a news release. The Nucor-Majestic combination will optimize the supply chain, increase efficiency and shorten lead times for nearby customers, officials said. The facility is expected to be up and running by the end of next year.

“Today’s announcement cements our commitment to provide the best supply chain solution and value add to our customers and further strengthens our partnership with Nucor,” Majestic President and CEO Todd Leebow said in a statement. “Our intention with this investment is to offer our customers in the region the combined benefit of localized service and national resources.”

Troy Brooks, a Nucor vice president who is president and manager of Nucor Steel Arkansas, said Majestic will process and stock high-quality steel products that can quickly reach businesses in the region. 

“This partnership with Majestic brings economic development and jobs to our local community and is an example of the positive economic impact generated by steel industry investment,” Brooks’ statement said. 

The county’s steelmakers employ at least 3,600 workers at wages topping $90,000 at times of high production. And production lately has been setting records.

“I’m pleased to welcome Majestic Steel to northeast Arkansas,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in the news release. “The company is making a significant investment in the state thanks to the hardworking, dedicated employees in the steel industry, and the jobs being created will go a long way in improving the quality of life for families in the area.”

Majestic received two state incentives for the project, according to Chelsea O’Kelley, director of communications for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “The state offered Majestic the Tax Back program and five years of the Create Rebate program.” Tax Back provides sales tax refunds on building materials, taxable machinery and equipment; Create Rebate is cash returned to a company based on its annual payroll for new employees in the state.

Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston noted Mississippi County’s leadership in the national steel industry and welcomed Majestic Steel into the mix. “Their decision to locate in Arkansas speaks volumes about the area’s workforce and business climate. I look forward to working with the company in the future as they grow and prosper here,” he said.

County Judge John Alan Nelson said announcements like Majestic’s have made his county “the fastest growing steel hub in the country, and Mississippi County Economic Development President Clif Chitwood praised Majestic’s “great reputation in steel processing, inventory management and customized building solutions.”

“We look forward to building a close and mutually beneficial partnership with Majestic in the years to come,” Blytheville Mayor James Sanders said in the release.

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