BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - PIZO Operating Company LLC broke ground this afternoon on a new $29 million facility in Blytheville. The company, which will employ 43 people, will process electric arc furnace dust from the Nucor Hickman and Nucor-Yamato steel plants near Hickman and Armorel, converting it into marketable products primarily used in the metals industry. PIZO was created through a partnership between Nucor Corp. and The Heritage Group. The new facility will be located across from the Nucor-Yamato facility.
PIZO announced in October 2007 it plans to build a facility in Blytheville. The company will process 50,000 tons of electric arc furnace dust per year. The patented PIZO process is the only one-step continuous process available to process electric arc furnace dust into crude zinc oxide, pig iron and slag. PIZO's Blytheville operation is the first facility for the newly created company.
PIZO will begin production in Blytheville in February 2009.