Steel producer starts construction on Kentucky plant

Nucor Brandenburg

BRANDENBURG, Ky. (AP) — Steel producer Nucor Corp. has broken ground as construction begins on its new $1.7 billion manufacturing mill in Kentucky. The plant in Meade County is expected to create 400 full-time jobs when steel plate production begins in 2022. The average annual compensation will be $72,000. Nucor announced its plans last year. The new mill is a legacy of former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s term in office. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, who is Bevin’s successor, says the plant will be a “difference-maker” for the economies of Meade County and the surrounding region.