Nucor Plans New Facility in Blytheville Area

BLYTHEVILLE, AR - Governor Mike Beebe was on hand in Blytheville this morning, where he joined local and community officials as The Nucor Corporation and The Heritage Group today announced plans to invest $29 million in a newly-created company, PIZO Operating Company LLC, to be located in the Blytheville area.  The company will employ 43 people and will process electric arc furnace dust from the Nucor Hickman and Nucor-Yamato steel mills near Armorel, converting it into marketable products used primarily in the metals industry.

The new facility will be located across from the Nucor-Yamato mill on Highway 18.

"This investment by Nucor and The Heritage Group is good news on two fronts," Governor Beebe said.  "The creation of PIZO means more high-quality jobs for northeast Arkansas, and also production of usable materials from waste, helping us better utilize our resources.  This is a great example of employing environmentally friendly ideas as an engine for economic development."

PIZO will process 50,000 tons of electric arc furnace dust per year.  The technology of the facility will be based on the PIZO process, which was developed by Heritage Environmental Services LLC.  The patented PIZO process is the only one-step continuous process available to process arc furnace dust into crude zinc oxide, pig iron and slag.

The state of Arkansas and Mississippi County have agreed to offer assistance in terms of grants and tax incentives to locate the facility in Mississippi County, in close proximity to the two Nucor steel plants.  The new facility will begin production by late 2008.