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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 >
Arkansas Power & Light, Entergy’s original forerunner, once made home economics a part of its economic development work. This exhibit was set up in a gymnasium in the 1950s.
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Entergy Arkansas Juices Economic DevelopmentLock Icon

Entergy, which serves over 700,000 electric customers in Arkansas, has long been an engine of economic development, a gene present in the company’s DNA since its birth more than a century ago. read more >

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame 2018: John Correnti

John Correnti was a people person, a positive thinker and loved "pushing production." read more >
Clockwise from top left: James “Jim” A. Bottin, the late John D. Correnti, James “Kirk” Thompson and the late Herbert H. McAdams II.
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Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Four leaders who have made contributions to the finance and banking, fitness, transportation and steel industries make up the 2018 class of inductees for the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame. read more >
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Arkansas Business Looks Back at Notable Deaths of 2015

John Paul Hammerschmidt, Buddy Sutton, Dick Bell, Jim Gaston, Bill Valentine and John Correnti were among the Arkansas political, business and sports leaders who died in 2015. read more >
The 747,060-SF finishing mill at Big River Steel in Osceola.
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Big River Steel Mill Rises in Northeast Arkansas

The construction of the Big River Steel mill is a project defined by superlatives: at $1.3 billion, the biggest economic development project in Arkansas history; at $700 million, the biggest construction project in the state; one of the most technologically advanced, etc. read more >
Construction of the Big River Steel manufacturing plant in Osceola is taking place in the area shaded above.
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Big River Tabs David Stickler as New CEO

Stickler is a member of Big River's board of directors and had served as its chief administrative officer. In addition, board member Dan Murray was appointed chairman and Big River Construction Manager Jim Bell was elected to the board. 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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Big River’s John Correnti Found Dead in Chicago

John Correnti, CEO of Big River Steel, was found dead Tuesday in Chicago. He was 68. A cause of death has not been released. Correnti was leading the $1.3 billion steel mill project being built south of Osceola in Mississippi County. read more >
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John Correnti, Governor Break Ground on $1.3B Big River Steel Mill

Steel executive John Correnti, Gov. Mike Beebe and other state and local leaders marked the groundbreaking of the $1.3 billion Big River Steel project Monday in Osceola. read more >
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Legal / Manufacturing

Nucor Steel Files Lawsuit Against Big River Steel

Nucor Steel has filed a lawsuit in federal court that attempts to block a competitor from opening a mill in Mississippi County. read more >
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Big River Steel’s John Correnti on Government’s Role in Private-Sector Projects? ‘Stay Out’

John Correnti, chairman and CEO of Big River Steel LLC, has more than 40 years of experience in the steel industry. Big River Steel, a $1.3 billion project, is being built in Mississippi County near Osceola. It’s expected to employ more than 525 workers with average yearly compensation of $75,000. read more >
John Correnti, chairman and CEO of Steel Development Company LLC, a steel mill operational and development company.
Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Clinton Connected With Correnti To Lobby for Big River Steel Plant

John Correnti, the man behind Big River Steel and this week’s Executive Q&A, thought he was being pranked when former President Bill Clinton called to lobby Correnti to put his $1 billion-plus steel mill in Arkansas. read more >
John Correnti, chairman and CEO of Steel Development Company LLC, a steel mill operational and development company.
Energy / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Arkansas Panel Approves Air Permit for Big River Steel

An environmental regulatory panel has issued an air quality permit for a planned $1.2 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas. read more >
John Correnti, chairman and CEO of Steel Development Company LLC, a steel mill operational and development company.
Construction / Manufacturing

County Judge: Work on Big River Steel Mill to Begin By Mid-June

Mississippi County should see construction of a $1.1 billion steel mill begin by early summer now that an administrative law judge has rejected a challenge to the plant's air-quality permit, the county's chief administrative officer says. read more >
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$1.1 Billion Big River Steel Project Making Progress

A year after the highly publicized announcement that a $1.1 billion steel mill was coming to Mississippi County, economic development officials say the project is moving forward despite a rival’s objections. read more >
John Correnti, chairman and CEO of Steel Development Company LLC, a steel mill operational and development company.
Manufacturing

Osceola Mayor: Blue Oak Resources to Build $33M Facility

Officials in Osceola says the new manufacturer, whose board is chaired by Big River Steel leader John Correnti, will build a $33 million facility and create 75 jobs. read more >
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Fighting Fairly (Editorial)

Using the government regulatory process to block a competitor signals an unwillingness to fight on the traditional market battlefields of price, quality and efficiency. We’re sure it’s happened before, but it’s neither good business nor good policy. read more >
John Correnti, chairman and CEO of Steel Development Company LLC, a steel mill operational and development company.
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Nucor Objection Delays Big River Steel Construction

Nucor Steel is trying to block the opening of a competing $1.1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas by objecting to the new company's requests for environmental permits. read more >
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Big River Steel Mill Lining Up Customers

Financing for a $1.1 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas expects to be wrapped up by the end of the year, but until then backers will be lining up customers and suppliers. read more >
Republican House Speaker Davy Carter and Senate President Michael Lamoureux speak to reporters Jan. 7 at the state Capitol.
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Davy Carter, Michael Lamoureux Back Big River Steel Plan

State House and Senate leaders on Thursday came out in support of a $125 million financing package that's been proposed to help build a steel mill in northeast Arkansas, saying the benefits of the project outweigh any risks to the state. read more >