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Steel Voted Coolest Thing Made in SC
Products made at Nucor Steel in Berkeley County win Manufacturing Madness

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 30, 2022) — The Coolest Thing Made in SC is perhaps the hottest thing made in South Carolina.

Steel, which reaches temperatures of 3,000 degrees during the manufacturing process, earned the most votes in the final round of voting of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance’s inaugural Manufacturing Madness contest, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Nucor Steel Berkeley, which operates a manufacturing facility in Huger, SC, was recognized as the winner of the contest in an event at the Statehouse today.

“Steel is a literal pillar of the modern world and our economy,” said South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance President & CEO Sara Hazzard. “Manufacturing Madness highlighted dozens of amazing products made in South Carolina, with so many of them made possible with steel. Nucor is one of our state’s most vital manufacturing companies, employers, and corporate citizens. They are a major contributor to both our state and local communities.   I want to congratulate their leadership and all of their 975 employees, and I know they will hold the title of Coolest Thing Made in SC with pride.”

Nucor Steel’s manufacturing facility in Huger opened in 1996. The company makes sheet and beam steel products for a wide range of industries including agriculture, automotive & appliance, construction, energy generation & transmission, oil & gas, heavy equipment, infrastructure, and transportation. The company also is a significant recycler, turning scrap metal into 3.5 million tons of steel annually. In addition, the Berkeley County plant’s greenhouse gas emissions are less than half the average for all global steel manufacturers.

The competition’s other three finalists include the F-16 Fighting Falcon manufactured by Lockheed Martin in Greenville, Electrolux and Frigidaire’s Single Door Refrigerator and Freezer made at its facility in Anderson, and the Honda Talon 1000 X-4 made by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. South Carolina Manufacturing in Timmonsville. Read more…