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About Vulcraft

About Vulcraft

Founded in 1946, Vulcraft is the largest producer of open web steel joist and joist girders in North America. It is among the safest, lowest cost, and most productive steel products companies in the world. It also is one of the oldest operating divisions of Nucor Corporation. Vulcraft employs the latest technology in manufacturing and fabricating in its quest to provide quality products on time and to exact specifications.

Vulcraft has invested in four Canadian production facilities – Wetaskiwin and Nisku, Alberta; Montreal (Pointe-aux-Trembles), Quebec; and Ancaster, Ontario. Vulcraft also has a network of strategically positioned sales offices. For the Canadian customer this means access to extensive industry knowledge, wealth of experience, and a breadth of innovative solutions.

With eleven manufacturing facilities across North America, Vulcraft has been the unrivalled industry leader for several decades.

Safety is at the forefront of our minds when it comes to fabricating, loading and delivering our products to the site. Our products typically carry the weight of floors and roofs in non-residential structures, and we take great pride in gathering the information necessary to design and fabricate products that will safely carry the loads intended for the structure.


Our motto “Safety First” guides us in everything we do – every day.

Vulcraft’s number one value is keeping each and every one of our teammates safe. Our goal is to be the safest steel company in the world. After all, safety is smart business, and taking care of our customers begins with taking care of the teammates who get the job done.

Certificate of Recognition (COR)

What is COR? A Certificate of Recognition (COR) is a government-approved safety program that awards employers who develop health and safety management systems which meet established provincial standards. Two of our facilities are COR certified with the MHSA and actively participate in the program.

Recognizing Performance

Since 1998, the President’s Safety Award has been awarded to Nucor divisions that record Injury and Illness and DART (Days Away, Restricted or Transferred) rates that are two-thirds below the national average for comparable facilities. Through this program, Vulcraft sets high goals for itself to achieve excellence in safety.

Teammate Wellness

Vulcraft offers its teammates a range of health services and benefits designed to help them thrive at work and at home.

Environmental Culture

Vulcraft built its reputation making the highest quality steel joists and deck from post-consumer scrap steel. Our parent company, Nucor, is the largest recycler in the United States. But we know that our environmental responsibilities cannot start and end there. That’s why all the Vulcraft divisions throughout North America have a strong commitment to the communities and the environments where our facilities are located. We all strive to be "good neighbors" to those who live and work within our communities.


Vulcraft Canada can provide the necessary documentation to ensure that your projects satisfy LEED credit requirements. Contact us with details of your project‘s LEED requirements at the time of quotation.

Additional LEED and/or other environmental information regarding Nucor Corporation products for a customer’s specific order is available from facility representatives or the corporate office. Supplementary industry information is available online through the Steel Recycling Institute at: www.recycle-steel.org.

Visit Nucor for corporate information on sustainability www.nucor.com/sustainability/.

A Proud Member of the Nucor Family of Steel Products

Vulcraft is proud to be part of Nucor. With over 40 divisions, Nucor offers steel and steel products that range from bar grating to the heaviest beams produced in North America.

Through the implementation and refinement of best practices, we continue to grow as a company. Nucor’s pay-for-performance policy reflects a commitment to manufacturing the highest quality products while maintaining a safety record that is the envy of the industry.

We are also dedicated to providing our sales force with the tools and information they need to best serve our customers.

To call us a steel company is an understatement. Nucor operates 13 bar mills that produce concrete reinforcing bars, hot-rolled bars, rods, light shapes, structural angles, structural channels and guardrails in carbon and alloy steel. These are not only provided to our customers but to our own divisions to produce an even wider range of steel products.

We serve the agricultural, automotive, construction, energy, furniture, machinery, metal building, railroad, recreational equipment, shipbuilding, heavy truck, and trailer industries. Which is to say, we are integral to North American industry.

Nucor and its subsidiary divisions manufacture the following:

  • Bars (carbon and alloy steel)
  • Beams
  • Sheets/Flat Rolled
  • Plates
  • Steel joists
  • Joist girders
  • Steel decks
  • Fabricated concrete reinforcing steel
  • Cold finished steel
  • Steel fasteners
  • Metal building systems
  • Light gauge steel framing
  • Steel grating
  • Wire and wire mesh


Our History


Vulcraft Corporation was founded in 1946 in Florence, South Carolina as an industrial steel fabrication facility. In the fall of 1954, the company began manufacturing long and short span joists exclusively. Vulcraft – South Carolina became a member of the Steel Joist Institute in May 1959 and was subsequently purchased by Nuclear Corporation of America in September of 1962.


The Norfolk division was Nucor Corporation’s second Vulcraft facility. It began operations in 1964. The Norfolk facility was chosen over 14 other sites because of the community’s strong values and good labor pools. A deck fabrication facility was added to the Norfolk division in 1977.


On April 3, 1967 Nucor purchased the M&S Steel Company of Fort Payne, Alabama. M&S would become Vulcraft – Alabama, one of the few Vulcraft divisions that Nuclear would acquire instead of construct. In 1986, the division relocated to newly constructed facilities in north Fort Payne, Alabama.


In November 1967, Nucor Corporation announced that the company would build its fourth steel joist plant in Grapeland, Texas. The plan began operations on April 1, 1968. The Grapeland plant’s employment has more than tripled since 1968 while maintaining superior ratings on safety.


In 1972, Nucor’s fifth steel joist plant went into operation in St. Joe, Indiana. By this time, Nucor had launched an advertising campaign to promote high-quality, reliable and low-cost joists streaming out of Vulcraft facilities. Nucor advertised how Vulcraft had its own trucks to assure on-time delivery, and engineers and sales personnel who were willing to come to a job site on a moment’s notice.


In January 1981, Nucor announced that Vulcraft would construct its sixth steel joist plant in Brigham City, Utah. The new plant would help the company meet the ever-increasing demand for joist products. In addition, it would better serve customers in the inter-mountain and west coast regions. Production at the plant began in the fourth quarter of 1981.


In 2000, Nucor began construction on a seventh Vulcraft facility in Chemung, New York. The startup of this facility began in the second half of 2001. Nucor’s steel mills in Auburn, New York and Crawfordsville, Indiana supply the majority of the raw materials for this plant. The Chemung facility represents a continuation of Nucor’s successful value-added strategy.


Verco Decking, Inc., known as Verco Manufacturing Co. before being acquired by Nucor in 2006, was founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. Verco is a manufacturer of steel roof and floor deck serving the western United States from the original plant in Phoenix as well as plants in Fontana and Antioch, California. Verco is a market leader in steel deck innovation, having introduced products such as the ShearTranz and PunchLok systems to the market.


Nucor acquires Harris Rebar and begins manufacturing standard, high strength and fabricated steel bar grating products under the Nucor Grating banner.


Vulcraft Canada, Inc. was the 8th production facility and the first joist & deck plant outside the United States for the Vulcraft Verco Group. Located in Ancaster, Ontario, the plant produces steel joists, joist girders, and decking. Vulcraft Canada, through its offices in Ontario and British Columbia has been catering to the Canadian market since 2011 with local engineering, detailing project management and customer support.


Vulcraft added a second manufacturing facility in Canada by procuring the assets of former Omega Joists in Nisku, Alberta. This allows Vulcraft Canada to offer coast to coast coverage across Canada with strategically located manufacturing facilities in Ancaster, Ontario in the east and Nisku, Alberta in the west.


Nucor Grating becomes a product offered under the Nucor Vulcraft banner, with 2 locations in Canada and 2 location in the United States.