Testing Nucor's Mettle

Bill Clinton first knocked on the doors of Nucor Corp. in the mid-1980s, when, as governor, he wanted to lure a steel mill to Arkansas. Clinton befriended Nucor executives and last April even invited President John D. Correnti to the White House. After a state dinner, the two men talked shop until 2 a.m. "He wanted to know why the government couldn't run like Nucor," Correnti recalls.

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