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The Steel Industry
It is an honor to speak to you today. It perhaps is fitting that Nucor is represented at this conference. Our roots lie here in the southeast, where we together have grown from a small but committed group in Florence and Darlington, south Carolina, who in 1969 introduced our electric arc furnace technology to wide commercial use, to what is now the second-largest steel manufacturer in the western hemisphere.
Our challenges sometimes have seemed insurmountable, but together we have met and exceeded even the greatest of expectations.
Today I greet you with a message of hope while cognizant of the tests that tomorrow will bring. With the ingenuity and dedication of our great people, and the foresight and determination of you - our leaders - we will reach our goals and continue to create jobs and business opportunities across this region.
Let me give you a brief rundown of where we are located in the south: