Around the Town with Mayor Steve: Nucor Cold Finish

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Last week I toured Nucor Cold Finish, Oak Creek's very own steel plant, located just off South 6th Street between Drexel and Rawson avenues. Nucor is the largest recycler of steel in North America, and recently won the South Suburban Chamber of Commerce award as Business of the Year. Production Manager Jerry Richie, showed us the entire operation, which manufactures steel bars of various sizes, which are used by producers of locks, sporting goods, and even tractors and mining equipment.

Nucor Employees regularly volunteer in Oak Creek-Franklin schools, at National Night Out, the beach clean-up at Bender Park, the Oak Creek Community Center, and at many other local events. Nucor's corporate philosophy of community, teamwork and shared profits, emphasizes the role of each worker in the overall productivity of the plant. Managers are paid the exact same bonus as the employees that work under them. Employees can also take advantage of a program which provides $3000.00 of college tuition per year for each child attending college.

During this recent tour, Nucor's employees agreed to participate in a photo shoot for an upcoming marketing and branding project, called "My Oak Creek," which will feature individuals and businesses throughout our city, who will tell their own stories about what it's like to live and work in Oak Creek. One of the employees, Dave Pieper, a 1967 graduate of Oak Creek High School, has worked at Nucor for more than 30 years.

This week I also had the pleasure of reading to several classes at Edgewood School to celebrate the birth date of Dr. Seuss. Reading several Seuss classics, including Green Eggs and Ham, and I Don't Want to Wake Up, the children-and teachers-were also enjoying pajama day at school, although they did forget to mention that to the Mayor!

And though you can't tell by looking out the window, Spring is on its way, promising warmer temperatures, and a return to open windows, and green grass. We still have some snow to melt, but with longer days, it won't be long before we head outside again to plant our gardens, and clean up the city after a long winter. Stay tuned for more information on our community-wide Spring cleanup project coming up in April!

Enjoy the sunshine!

Mayor Steve