Cornyn Visits Nucor Plant in Jewett

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Senator John Cornyn stopped by Leon County Thursday to tour the Nucor steel plant. He met with managers and employees of the steel recycling facility.

Senator John Cornyn learned first hand how things work at Nucor's steel plant in Jewett. The facility plays an important role in the economic growth of the area.

" They're doing a great service recycling old metal and making it into steel products that they can then sell and it's a great economic boom to this part of the state and to our entire state," said Cornyn.

Nucor has four facilities in Texas. The Jewett plant employees nearly 400 workers, manufacturers 1 million tons of steel per year, and has an economic impact of over $460 million a year for Texas.

" They have a unique way of paying people good, high wages but also making them partners in their economic prosperity and holding people accountable for productivity," said Cornyn.

Nucor's general manager Jim Darsey says the company has worked very hard to be environmentally friendly as well. Equipment for pollution control and emissions have been upgraded.

" Our facility has been located here for 25 years and in 2000 we started a significant modernization plan and this facility has been completely rebuilt over the past 5 years. We've invested $250 million in capital here," said Darsey.

The rebuilding project increased capacity to recycle and manufacture steel, improved employee safety, and energy efficiency.

Senator Cornyn says all these things make Nucor a model business.