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.

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.

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.

The Vulcraft facility in Brigham City, UT, for example, 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 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.

Black Slough, Brigham City, UT

Vulcraft contacted the Utah Division of Wildlife Services, the government agency charged with protecting wetlands and combating phragmites infestation. 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, we put a plan in place to eradicate the weeds. The effort was truly a community collaboration, one that demonstrated our commitment to the environment by taking these first important steps to restore the wetlands of the Black Slough.

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.