Governor Jindal working to bring iron plant to LA

By Anna Adair email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Governor Jindal is off to meet with the CEO of Nucor Corporation in South Carolina. He hopes to bring home a new plant that could create hundreds of jobs. It's not a done deal by any means, but Governor Jindal says Nucor is already applying for permits.

For a potential $2 billion iron plant in St. James Parish, the same site near Convent that the German steel-maker, Thyssen Krupp, considered in 2007. The governor seemed very optimistic early Wednesday morning before his flight to South Carolina. He says all of the conversations he's had with Nucor's CEO have left no reason for him to feel otherwise.

Governor Jindal says the iron mill will create 500 to 1,000 jobs, with an average salary of $75,000 a year. Nucor company officials say they want to build one of the most modern iron plants in the world, capable of producing three million tons of pig iron (iron in the chemical state in which it exists when tapped from the blast furnace, without alloying or refinement). Governor Jindal believes it could have the potential economic impact to not only boost southeast Louisiana's economy, but place Louisiana in a category of its own by sending a message nationwide that Louisiana is not only re-building, but now a competitor internationally.

"They've made the decision that if this next steel facility is going to build in America, it is coming to St. James Parish. It is coming to Louisiana." Governor Jindal says he expects Nucor to make a decision in the next few months, and definitely by the end of the calendar year. He also says he is under the understanding that once a decision is made, the corporation will be ready to go work immediately.

Governor Jindal says he plans to tour Nucor Corporations facility in South Carolina, speak with the executives, as well as meet with local community leaders so that he can get a sense of the company's responsibility as corporate citizens.