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Production begins at $3.4B complex in St. James Parish

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CONVENT, LA (WAFB) -

Nucor announced today that production has started at its direct reduced iron (DRI) facility in St. James Parish. Production was delayed after a dome collapse on Sept. 25, 2013.

Officials say production began on Tuesday, December 24, and has continued at planned ramp-up levels since that time. 

"I want to personally thank our team in St. James Parish for their commitment and perseverance working right through the holiday season in achieving this important success," John Ferriola, Nucor's President and CEO, said.

This completion marks the end of the first phase of what is projected to be a $3.4 billion complex employing as many as 1,250 workers.

The Convent site is being developed with public subsidies. Louisiana's incentive package includes a river port terminal, infrastructure assistance, tax breaks and other elements.

In addition to the direct-reduced iron ore plant, Nucor has said it could build a coke plant, blast furnace, pellet plant and steel mill at Convent.

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