Production beginning at Big River Steel in Arkansas



     (AP) – Production is beginning at a new, $1.3 billion steel mill

in northeast Arkansas.

     According to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Big River Steel has

begun operations in its melt shop and hot mill at the new facility in

Mississippi County. The steel mill was the first “superproject” to be approved

under a 2004 state constitutional amendment that allows the state to borrow

money to help lure major employers.

     The company says the first hot rolled coil at Big River was purchased by

Zekelman Industries and will be sent to Atlas Tube in Blytheville. Zekelman and

Big River Steel say they will donate the $100,000 proceeds from the sale to the

Wounded Warrior Project and Arkansas Northeastern College.

     Big River Steel is expected to fully operational by next year.




   

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