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Environmental Culture

Vulcraft's Environmental Footprint

Vulcraft built its reputation making the highest quality steel joists and deck from post-consumer scrap steel. But that’s not the only kind of reclamation we do. The Vulcraft facility in Brigham City, UT provided a unique opportunity to restore wetlands being choked by phragmites, a nonindigenous noxious weed. This incursion was damaging the ecosystem of the Black Slough, a wetland system that runs right through our property, as well as throughout Box Elder County. With both plant and animal life at risk, we embarked on a plan that would restore the wetlands and encourage wildlife and indigenous wetland vegetation.

Vulcraft contacted the Utah Division of Wildlife Services, the government agency charged with wetland protection as well as combating the phragmites infestation. Over several years of fighting the weed both up and downstream from our property, this wildlife services group had never received much in the way of volunteer help from the business community — until Vulcraft got involved.

Engaging not only the Division of Wildlife Services but also the Army Corps of Engineers, Brigham City Fire Department, Division of Air Quality, and Box Elder County Fire Marshall, a plan was put in place to eradicate the weeds. The effort was truly a collaboration, one that involved answering countless questions as well as significant guidance in the field.

Vulcraft’s parent company, Nucor, is the largest recycler in the United States. But we know that our environmental responsibilities can’t start and end there. With four Nucor divisions operating in Box Elder County, we welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the environment by taking these first important steps to restore the wetlands of the Black Slough.