Meade County, Ky.: ‘Nu’ construction

In March, Gov. Matt Bevin and executives from Nucor Corp. announced one of the state’s largest single investments to date, $1.35 billion for a steel mill in Meade County by Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor. Nucor’s 1.5 million-s.f. facility will start construction by the end of 2019 on 900 acres in the Buttermilk Falls Industrial Park in Brandenburg. With an anticipated opening of 2022, the steel plate manufacturing mill will create more than 400 full-time jobs at an average of $45 an hour.

Monument Chemical opened a plant in Meade County in 1952. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the company developed the Monument Brandenburg Community Partnership Initiative grant last year to award an annual $10,000 for a nonprofit program. The inaugural recipient was the Meade County Museum & Arts Council, which used the grant to install a roof on the amphitheater at Riverfront Park.

Visual art along the stone walls of Riverfront Park now have seven murals, each depicting an aspect of life in Meade County. Meade County Tourism commissioned Kentucky artist Kevin Tipton to create the murals.

County Seat: Brandenburg; Ronnie Joyner, mayor; brandenburgky.org

Estimated 2019 population: 28,715

No. of households: 10,785

Median household income: $53,732

Meade County Chamber of Commerce: Carole Logsdon, executive director; meadekychamber.org

Meade County-Brandenburg Economic Development: mcbedky.org

Meade County Tourism: Carole Logsdon, executive director; visitmeadecounty.org

Judge-Executive: Gerry Lynn; meadeky.gov

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