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Clif Chitwood visits a Nucor Steel port on the Mississippi River. He has led economic development in Mississippi County since 2001.
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Steel’s Accidental Sage Brings Jobs to Mississippi CountyLock Icon

The region's economic transformation wasn’t inevitable. Neither was Clif Chitwood’s career — and he'll be the first to tell you. read more >
Steel coils on display during a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of U.S. Steel's new $3 billion mill in Osceola, Arkansas. 
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With Steel, State Lures Interlocking IndustriesLock Icon

Like all kinds of constructors, Arkansas economic developers have learned that steel offers a sturdy base to build on. read more >
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Here’s to the Voters (Editorial)

Decades of vision, planning, collaboration and toil are coming to fruition in Arkansas as the state’s steel industry levels up again. But one cohort crucial to the success deserves praise, too: the citizens of Mississippi County. read more >
Buddy Hasten, president and CEO, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. in Little Rock
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Keeping the Lights On With AECC’s Buddy Hasten

The CEO of the electric co-op is sounding the alarm about accountability and reliability in the regional electricity supply. read more >
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A Spring In Our Step (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Regular check-ins provide opportunities to develop the strengths of your best people and can build affinity between employers and employees. read more >
U.S. Steel CEO David Burritt, right, shakes hands with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson at a groundbreaking ceremony for the company's new $3 billion mill in Osceola on Feb. 8, 2022.
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US Steel’s Future Shaped By ‘Remarkable’ Partnership With Arkansas, CEO Says

David Burritt, the head of the industrial giant, praised Arkansas' people and business environment at the AEDC's annual banquet. read more >
The stage was set for some emerging themes at the March 9 Arkansas Business of the Year awards.
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Highlight Reel (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

A few themes emerged at the 34th Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. read more >
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And We’re Off! (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Two of Arkansas Business' most-read news stories in January will reverberate throughout the rest of the year. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (right) and Commerce Secretary Mike Preston speak to reporters on Wednesday at the governor's mansion about U.S. Steel's plans for a $3 billion steel mill in Osceola.
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Hutchinson: US Steel Project Positions Arkansas to Attract Automaker

Car manufacturers looking to cut shipping costs might take a harder look at northeast Arkansas for their next facility. read more >
The Big River Steel Flex Mill near Osceola uses as much energy as Afghanistan, says Steve Pienaar, logistics manager at Big River.
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US Steel Picks Northeast Arkansas for $3B Mill

Arkansas had been competing against Alabama and Mississippi for the project. read more >
The Big River Steel Flex Mill near Osceola uses as much energy as Afghanistan, says Steve Pienaar, logistics manager at Big River.
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$4.8M From CARES Act to Support NEA Steelmakers, Manufacturers

Projects in Wynne and Osceola are expected to create about 300 jobs. read more >
Gov. Mike Beebe and John Correnti at the Jan. 29, 2013, news conference announcing plans for a $1.1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County. 
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All the Right Moves (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Arkansas has made some good bets in Mississippi County and they continue to pay off. It’s worth remembering how improbable the biggest of those seemed. read more >
Tom Schueck
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Lexicon Growth Continues Following Founder’s DeathLock Icon

Lexicon’s 2020 performance included the start of a $100 million job for Tesla in Austin, Texas, and continuing work for Nucor and Big River Steel. read more >
Big deals included Walmart-Asda, Big River Steel, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Murphy USA and Westrock Coffee.
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Big Deals in Arkansas Jump 157% Despite PandemicLock Icon

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the value of the biggest deals in Arkansas last year jumped 157%, from $7.9 billion in 2019 to $20.3 billion in 2020, pushed largely by Walmart’s sales of stakes in two subsidiaries, Asda Group and Seiyu. read more >
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In Winter’s Brutal Grip, The Power Grid Buckles

The regional electric grid was stretched to the limit and beyond, and Arkansans joined Texans, Oklahomans and Missourians sitting in their darkened houses, getting chillier. read more >
Buddy Hasten
Manufacturing

Electricity Crisis Not Over, Hasten and Castleberry Say

Two of Arkansas' leading electric utility executives say the state is "not out of the woods yet" after limited cold-weather blackouts mandated in emergency orders by the two regional transmission organizations based in Little Rock. read more >

US Steel Buys Remaining Stake in Big River Steel Plant for $774M

United States Steel Corp. of Pittsburgh says it has purchased the remaining stake in Big River Steel LLC for $774 million cash. read more >
Dickie Kennemore
Health Care / Manufacturing

Virus Claims Osceola’s Kennemore, Who Helped Land Big River Steel

Longtime Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore was 78 years old when he died late Saturday, but just a week before he fell ill with COVID-19 he was healthy and sturdy, State Sen. Dave Wallace of Leachville said Monday morning. read more >
Panelists taking part in the Arkansas Business Women’s Leadership Summit broadcast from the offices of Haag Brown Commercial Real Estate & Development in Jonesboro.
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Women Leaders Confront ‘Imposter Syndrome,’ Other Challenges at Jonesboro Summit

Women must support other women in their professional march forward, four panelists agreed during the Jonesboro Women’s Leadership Symposium, an online event hosted by Arkansas Business. read more >

Big River Steel Announces Partnership with Koch Metallics

Big River Steel of Osceola enters an agreement with Koch Metallics LLC under which Koch will act as the exclusive agent to Big River Steel for metallics procurement. read more >