Berkeley County plant’s steel named ‘coolest thing made in SC’

Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 9:20 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2022 at 4:56 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - A product manufactured in Huger was named the coolest thing manufactured in the Palmetto State Wednesday at a news conference in Columbia.

Steel, manufactured at Nucor Steel Berkeley, took the top spot, rising above fellow finalists that included the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the Honda Talon and the Electrolux and Frigidaire Single Refrigerator and Freezer.

Mike Lee, the vice president and general manager of Nucor Steel Berkeley, attended the news conference at the State House to accept the award.

“There’s so many incredible things that are made in South Carolina that nobody ever knew we did, and not just impact South Carolina, but impacts our country and the world, for that matter,” he said. “The truth is, we may not be the coolest thing in South Carolina. But our sustainable steel products are many of the amazing things that are made in this state.”

A total of 175 products were nominated for the honor. Nominees ranged from BMW’s X5 to Nutramax Laboratories’ Cosequin to Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s Huggies Diapers to U.S. Brick’s commercial brick.

“As manufacturing flourishes in South Carolina, so do the people,” Gov. Henry McMaster, who named the top vote-getter at the news conference, said. “We’re making history every day in South Carolina on what we’re doing with our manufacturing, with our business. In South Carolina, our business is business.”

The public voted between Feb. 28 and March 4 to narrow the nominees to 16, then bracket voting selected the four finalists.

The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance said manufacturers from every corner of the state were represented.

“With more than 5,000 manufacturers, including some of the most iconic brands in the world, South Carolina manufacturing is the foundation of our state’s economy,” SC Manufacturers Alliance President & CEO Sara Hazzard said earlier this month. “These 16 finalists provide a compelling snapshot of the high level of innovation and quality that are hallmarks of South Carolina manufacturing. They should each be proud of advancing this far, and our entire team at the SC Manufacturers Alliance is excited to see how the voting goes from here.”

More than 110,000 votes were cast in the contest.

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