INTEGRITY PROFILES

GENERAL RECYCLING,
NUCOR STEEL JACKSON

General Recycling’s primary role is to supply Nucor Steel Jackson with prepared scrap products for melting in its electric arc furnace. The facility also recovers and recycles other metals such as aluminum, copper, brass, and stainless steel.

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In August 2011, General Recycling completed a $3.5 million metal recovery improvement project. The new equipment allows them to capture and recycle 35 percent more aluminum and copper from automobiles, washers, dryers, lawnmowers, and other consumer products they purchase and recycle as scrap. By improving the efficiency of this system, General Recycling has not only increased the productivity of its own operations, but reduced the amount of scrap metal that might go to waste.

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NUCOR BUILDING SYSTEMS

Sims Sunset Park Materials Recovery facility is a state-of-the-art recycling facility built to service the needs of New York City. By centralizing the location for off-site recycling of metal, glass, and plastic recyclables, the city has minimized the amount of trucking and waste traffic by more than 260,000 miles a year.

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Sims Metal Management is the long-term recycling partner of the New York City Department of Sanitation. Sims reached out to Nucor Building Systems to help create a state-of-the-art facility that also incorporates a range of innovative sustainable features and large-scale environmental elements into the design and construction.

By utilizing Nucor, Sims achieved its goals of incorporating recycled steel and using domestic products to reduce the environmental footprint of the project. Nucor was able to meet the specialized design goals of the project, both functional and cosmetic. Thomas Outerbridge, Project Lead of Sims Municipal Recycling, explains: “This being New York City, with a waterfront location in Brooklyn and the ever-growing public emphasis on sustainability, it’s important to us that we create something all New Yorkers can be proud of.”

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NUCOR STEEL – HERTFORD

Nucor Steel – Hertford’s timber and wetlands programs exemplify our commitment to protecting and restoring sensitive habitats around our facilities. Teammates worked to create seven acres of wetlands on site, in addition to 14.68 acres of wetlands under protected covenant and 2.68 acres of littoral shelves surrounding the mill’s storm water ponds.

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The mill’s efforts to protect wetlands started in 1999 with the purchase of 150 acres of high-quality riparian wetlands on the Chowan River, which were donated to the state of North Carolina’s Million Acre Initiative. Like a number of other divisions, Nucor Steel – Hertford has also worked to manage and protect forest areas. The mill has an approximately 300 acre-on-site timber project that is managed in collaboration with the North Carolina Forestry Service.

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Nucor Steel Indiana

In 2014, Nucor Steel Indiana concluded the 14th annual tree give away in Montgomery County. Since 2000, a total of 79,000 trees have been handed out to the local community.

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Nucor decided to start this tradition for two main reasons. The first reason was to give back to the community and, secondly, because it was representative of our commitment to taking care of the environment. Not only is the community and environment a priority for Nucor in day-to-day operations but also out in the local communities where we live and work.

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VULCRAFT – TEXAS

As part of its production process, Vulcraft – Texas previously used a paint that contained solvents which would evaporate into the air as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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To reduce its VOCs footprint, Vulcraft – Texas worked with its paint supplier, Century Industrial Coatings in Jacksonville, Texas. Together they formulated a paint to be reduced using water instead of mineral spirits or other paint thinners. Century’s Nulo paint dramatically reduced the VOCs emissions – by as much as 85 percent!

Century’s Nulo paint has been adopted by all the other Vulcraft facilities and throughout the American joist industry.

For their efforts, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality awarded Vulcraft – Texas and Century Industrial Coatings the Texas Environmental Excellence Award for Technology in 2012.

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