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Nucor (NUE) to Invest $58 Million to Upgrade Engineered Bar Mill

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Nucor Corporation (NUE - Free Report) recently announced that its Board has provided approval to upgrade the engineered bar mill in Nebraska. This project is being undertaken to better serve the automotive market and continue to meet the consumers’ need for highest-quality products.

The project will include a new reheat furnace, new intermediate mill, and coil inspection and trimming station. The project, worth $58-million investment, is expected to be completed and operational in fourth-quarter 2022.

On completion, the upgrade will enhance Nucor Steel Nebraska's ability to produce engineered bar and coil products with improved surface quality and reduced decarburization, which are required to meet high-end engineered bar automotive applications. The investment will also facilitate diversification of products supplied by Nucor Steel Nebraska. Moreover, this project will further its commitment to safety by enabling Nucor teammates to work away from the rolling process.

The investment is part of Nucor’s greater commercial strategy to align its product mix with current and future demand of the customers and will strengthen Nucor’s position as a leader in engineered bar and rod, the company noted.

Shares of Nucor have gained 159.7% in the past year compared with a 209.1% surge of the industry.

In its first-quarter call, Nucor stated that it expects second-quarter earnings to be the highest quarterly earnings in its history, exceeding the record-level set in the first quarter. Earnings are expected to be mainly driven by higher pricing and margins in the steel mills segment.

The company also sees another strong quarter for the steel products segment with second-quarter profitability projected to be comparable to the first quarter. Moreover, Nucor sees profitability in the raw materials segment to decline in the second quarter compared with first-quarter levels due to higher raw material input costs.

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Nucor currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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