Nucor Corp. hosted its 2019 Investor Day in New York on Thursday, projecting its vision for continued growth through investments on the heels of a strong first quarter and record-breaking 2018. John Ferriola, CEO of the Charlotte-based steel manufacturer, said the company has budgeted $3.45 billion in “strategic growth investments.” The projects are expected to start up between this year and late 2022. Several of the projects involved a desire for “moving up the value chain,” at the company’s Hickman, Arkansas, sheet facility. A $230 million specialty cold mill complex is now starting up there, while a $240 million hot band galvanizing line is targeted for completion in mid-2021. Jim Frias, Nucor executive vice president and chief financial officer, also laid out a goal of returning a minimum of 40% of earnings to shareholders through more growth, which the expansion projects can potentially provide.