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History

VULCRAFT - SOUTH CAROLINA

Vulcraft Corporation was founded in 1946 in Florence, South Carolina as an industrial steel fabrication facility. In the fall of 1954 the company began manufacturing long and short span joists exclusively. Vulcraft – South Carolina became a member of the Steel Joists Institute in May 1959 and was subsequently purchased by Nuclear Corporation of America in September of 1962.

 

VULCRAFT – NEBRASKA

The Norfolk division was Nucor Corporation’s second Vulcraft facility. It began operations in 1964. The Norfolk facility was chosen over 14 other sites because of the community’s strong values and good labor pools. A deck fabrication facility was added to the Norfolk division in 1977.

 

VULCRAFT – ALABAMA

On April 3, 1967, Nucor purchased M&S Steel Company of Fort Payne, Alabama. M&S would become Vulcraft – Alabama, one of the few Vulcraft divisions that Nuclear would acquire instead of construct. In 1986 the division relocated to newly constructed facilities in north Fort Payne, Alabama.

 

VULCRAFT – TEXAS

In November 1967, Nucor Corporation announced that the company would build its fourth steel joist plant in Grapeland, Texas. The plan began operations on April 1, 1968. The Grapeland plant’s employment has more than tripled since 1968 while maintaining superior ratings on safety.

 

VULCRAFT – INDIANA

In 1972, Nucor’s fifth steel joist plant went into operation in St. Joe, Indiana. By this time, Nucor had launched an advertising campaign to promote the high-quality, reliable and low-cost joists streaming out of Vulcraft facilities. Nucor advertised how Vulcraft had its own trucks to assure on-time delivery, and engineers and sales personnel who were willing to come to a job site on a moment’s notice.

 

VULCRAFT – UTAH

In January 1981, Nucor announced that Vulcraft would construct its sixth steel joist plant in Brigham City, Utah. The new plant would help the company meet the ever-increasing demand for joist products. In addition it would better serve customers in the inter-mountain and west coast regions. Production at the plant began in the fourth quarter of 1981.

 

VULCRAFT – NEW YORK

In 2000, Nucor began construction on a seventh Vulcraft facility in Chemung, New York. Startup of this facility began in the second half of 2001. Nucor’s steel mills in Auburn, New York and Crawfordsville, Indiana supply the majority of the raw materials for this plant. The Chemung facility represents a continuation of Nucor’s successful value-added strategy.

 

VULCRAFT - VERCO DECKING

Verco Decking, Inc., known as Verco Manufacturing Co. before being acquired by Nucor in 2006, was founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964.  Verco is a manufacturer of steel roof and floor deck serving the Western US from the original plant in Phoenix as well as plants in Fontana and Antioch, California.  Verco is a market leader in steel deck innovation, having introduced products such as the ShearTranz and PunchLok systems to the market.