This steel plant, founded by the Piggott Family of PACCAR fame, was built in 1904 and started making steel in 1905. It was originally run as the Seattle Rail Car Company and then under a number of different names until the 1920s, when it was purchased by Bethlehem Steel. In the 1980s, it was sold to Seattle Steel, then to Birmingham Steel in 1991. When Birmingham Steel filed for bankruptcy in 2002, Nucor Steel purchased the assets. Nucor Steel Seattle is a member of the Nucor Bar Mill Group. The facility near the Duwamish River, once proclaimed as “Seattle’s Little Pittsburgh,” has provided steel locally and for shipment throughout the Pacific Northwest, northern California, and Canada. The mill has the flexibility to produce 1.1 million tons of steel each year—primarily rebar and merchant shapes consisting of angle, flats, and channel. Join knowledgeable and passionate long-time employees on this behind-the-scenes plant tour.
Because this is a working plant, those registering must adhere to the following plant insurance restrictions and requirements: age restriction: 18 years or older; everyone must wear long pants and sturdy shoes (no open toes, heels, or sandals); everyone must be physically able to climb up and down numerous staircases at a reasonably brisk pace.
This tour is SOLD OUT.