St. James Steel Plant Creates 100 New Jobs

Houma Courier, October 29, 2012 

Nucor Steel Louisiana LLC has opened up the process to hire more than 100 new employees for its direct reduced iron plant until Nov. 2.

“The project will create a substantial number of quality jobs,” said Katherine Miller, Nucor's communications manager. “The project's first phase will create 150 permanent Nucor jobs that earn an average annual salary of $75,000, plus benefits.”

Louisiana Economic Development recruited Nucor to Louisiana in Gov. Bobby Jindal's first term. Now, FastStart, a top-ranked state workforce development program and division of Louisiana Economic Development, is partnering with Nucor in the hiring process.

“FastStart will be providing employee recruitment and screening services to Nucor, as well as developing and delivering customized training for their new employees,” said Stephen Moret, Louisiana Economic Development secretary. “Training will be provided in the areas of environmental, health and safety, along with Nucor-specific process training and maintenance skills training.”

Those who are interested must register on Nucor's website, www.nucorjobslouisiana.com, by Friday and take a short survey that's supported by FastStart. The online questionnaire is specifically made to target workers who are interested in the hourly production operator positions.

“All openings are full-time positions that will be assigned to work-rotating shifts. Applicants will be required to pass a drug screening and background check,” Miller said.

Applicants should only submit one questionnaire for the entry level production position. If applicants submit more than one questionnaire, they will be disqualified from the process.

As a part of the work package, a bonus will also be rewarded to workers.

“Nucor's unique pay-for-performance system allows Nucor to pay industry-leading salaries and avoid layoffs that have become the industry standard with other iron and steel producers,” Miller said.

The plant is in Convent, and the company plans to bring in a $750 million capital investment to the state.

“During peak construction, 500 jobs will be directly created. If the additional phases of the project are constructed, over time Nucor could have a total investment of over $3 billion and increase permanent employment to more than 1,000,” Miller said.

The company is looking to hire from St. James Parish and surrounding communities.