Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives serve a wealth of primary metal-related facilities, including aluminum, copper and steel that provide products and services around the globe.

Wieland North America

Wieland North America is building a $100 million plant in Shelbyville, Ky. The Germany-based company’s facility will melt copper and copper-alloy for recycling for use in manufacturing semi-finished copper and copper-alloy products for customers throughout North America.

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Novelis’ plant in Berea, Ky, is one of the world’s largest operations dedicated to aluminum-can recycling, taking approximately 20 percent of the United States’ used aluminum cans, and melting them down to produce sheet ingots. Novelis operates an integrated network of technically advanced rolling and recycling facilities across North America, South America, Europe and Asia, leveraging its global manufacturing and recycling footprint to deliver consistent, high-quality products around the world.

Wieland North America

Wieland North America announced a new $250 million copper facility in Shelbyville, Ky. One of the largest producers of copper and copper alloys in the world, Wieland chose to locate their state-of-the-art facility on the Norfolk Southern Site within the Shelby Energy service territory. Wieland, based in Germany, was founded in 1820.

Nucor Steel Gallatin

Located in Ghent, Ky., Nucor Steel Gallatin produces 1.8 million tons of steel annually. The company has invested nearly $1 billion in recent years to double the plant’s capacity and to add a galvanizing line and tube mill. Nucor is North America’s largest recycler; the Ghent facility processes over 5,000 tons of scrap each day, using electric arc furnaces to melt the scrap. Continuous casting equipment shapes the molten steel into steel billets, which are then rolled in a finishing mill.

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