Nucor steel plant breaks ground for phase 1 development

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 7:08pm

CONVENT, La (NBC33) – A groundbreaking ceremony was held today in St. James Parish for the first phase of the Nucor plant.

By the time of its completion, the company will have invested $3.4 billion in the state, as well as create over 1,200 jobs. The project will be completed in five phases.

Today Gov. Jindal announced that the average pay per job with Nucor is estimated at $75 thousand with benefits. The new steel plant is also estimated to create a total of 6 thousand indirect jobs.

"Today's a day of celebration,” Governor Jindal said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “We're thrilled to welcome Nucor as the next great Louisiana company."

The first phase of the project should get under way by the end of the month. It will create 500 construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs.

"Our success as a company is driven by our employees,” Dan Dimicco, Nucor Chairman and CEO, said. “Their ethics, their entrepreneurial spirit and creativity are essential part of our culture. We look forward to adding to our team of workers from right here in south east Louisiana."

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