Nucor Honored as 'Recycler of the Year'

MAY 18, 2004 - Posted at 4:32 p.m. CDT

BLYTHEVILLE, AR - Nucor Steel Arkansas, based in Mississippi County, has been named the "Recycler of the Year" by the Steel Manufacturers Association.

Previously, sludge produced by the plant was stabilized by using lime, a material which sometimes elevates pH levels, or clay, which takes up large amounts of landfill space.  Nucor revolutionized the method through a relationship with a Proctor & Gamble plant in Cape Girardeau, Missouri by converting a previous waste material created during the manufacture of baby diapers and other sanitary products into a saleable product.  This "diaper dust" actually stabilized sludge much more efficiently than lime and at a substantially lower cost.

First District Congressman Marion Berry congratulated Nucor this afternoon.  "I applaud Nucor's dedication to its community and the environment; this award is well-deserved," said Berry.

Nucor operates mills in Mississippi County at Armorel and Hickman.  The Armorel mill is a joint venture with the Japan-based Yamato Kogyo Corporation.