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San Patricio County votes to bring steel mill to Sinton

Steel News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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San Patricio County commissioners took the first step in clearing the way for a new USD 1.8 billion steel mill to be built just outside Sinton, Texas. If all goes the way they hope it will and that's still a big "if" at this point it could mean 500-600 new jobs for Sinton and San Patricio County. Commissioners approved a reinvestment zone for a piece of property outside Sinton that could be the site for a new steel mill. Steel Dynamics, based in Fort Wayne, Ind are considering the site for a new state-of-the-art electric arc furnace flat roll steel mill.

Mr Iain Vasey of the Regional Economic Development Corporation, who helped make a presentation to San Patricio County commissioners said this translates to hundreds of jobs and no pollution concerns. He said that "It's not like something out of the 1920's in Pittsburgh with smokestacks and things like that. This is an electric arc furnace. It's essentially a big electric oven. They bring in scrap steel and then they take hot briquet iron, which is made down the road by Voestalpine, and then they basically role steel."

The site being considered consists of 250 acres just a few miles outside Sinton where Highway 77 and 89 meet. The 500 to 600 jobs the steel plant could bring to the area could have an average salary of USD 70,000 to USD 80,000 a year, and most of the positions would involve on-the-job training.

Sinton officials said it would mean a lot for the community. Sinton City Manager John Hobson said that "It's a tremendous opportunity that will have positive impacts on residents and lives in this community for generations to come.”

The next step for county commissioners will be to consider standard tax abatements for the property and if all goes well, start a two-year permitting process. Officials said it may take one-three years to complete construction of the new plant.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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