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Majestic Steel Expands with State-of-the-Art Facility in Mississippi CountyLock Icon

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Majestic Steel USA of Cleveland has found a perfect home east of Blytheville.

Todd Leebow (Majestic Steel USA)

The privately owned distributor and processor of flat-rolled steel announced in 2021 it would build a 513,000-SF facility in Arkansas. The service center went online in May in Hickman, an unincorporated community near the river in Mississippi County, the largest steel-producing county in the United States.

Majestic Steel has eight other facilities across the country, but CEO Todd Leebow said the Hickman location is ideal for its distribution network. Majestic Steel has four locations west of the Rocky Mountains, two in Texas and one in Tampa, Florida, in addition to its headquarters in Cleveland.

“It really gives us a position, located in the South, to be able to feed a lot of different regions from this facility,” said Leebow, whose father, Dennis, founded the company in 1979. “We can go north, south and to the southeast, as well. This is one of our flagship facilities that will be able to either feed other facilities or go direct to our customers.

“Arkansas is a great state to be located in to do business.”

Specifically, Mississippi County is the place to do business in the steel industry. Companies such as Nucor, Big River Steel and Prospect Steel have opened steel plants in the past few years in the county, wedged in the upper northeast corner of the state on the border of Missouri and Tennessee.

“There is a lot of steel production in the region now, so that gives us the ability to provide an efficient supply chain solution to that region,” Leebow said. “We wanted to be in the Arkansas-Tennessee Valley area, and Mississippi County has had a lot of growth in terms of steel production.”

State of the Art

Majestic Steel said the new facility, which will eventually employ approximately 225, is state of the art with massive storage and unloading capabilities.

The Hickman plant can handle multiple railway deliveries and unload 1.8 million pounds of steel in two hours. It has 125,000 SF of coil storage space and 122,000 SF of finished product storage.

Majestic Steel’s new facility in Hickman (Provided)

It’s a long-term play in the region, Leebow said. “There was a lot of focus around technology and sustainability when we built the facility,” Leebow said. “It is built for the next 50 years of distribution and manufacturing and production. It gives us the ability to think about where things are going when it comes to manufacturing in America.”

Leebow said the current steel market has “ebbs and flows” and some volatility but is strongly positioned for the future. Majestic Steel is, too, in Mississippi County.

“We can reach a lot of destinations from this facility,” Leebow said. “We’re supplying solutions to manufacturers and contractors in the construction space that buy flat-rolled steel and need that steel in a short lead time and processed to spec.

“The long-term expectation is for demand to grow in the United States for flat-rolled steel. The plan is to be able to service that growth in the region by being able to capitalize on the growing demand in the construction and manufacturing space.”

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