VACHERIE, La. (AP) — Nucor Corp. is set to begin hiring next week for its proposed $3.4 billion steel facility in St. James Parish.

In the past week or so, Les Hart, Nucor Steel Louisianageneral manager, tells The Advocate storage domes have been inflated on the site to hold iron ore. Hart said the domes are still undergoing internal construction.

Hart says the $750 million first construction phase is expected to bring in 150 jobs by the end of 2012.

The full, five-phase steel facility, on 4,000 acres of the parish's east bank, will produce 1,250 permanent jobs.

Currently, Hart says there are 644 contractors on-site, with more than 30 percent of them local hires.

He says the facility is still looking to start up in mid-2013.