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Reading the Future: Steel (40 Years of Arkansas Business)

Executives are envisioning a vibrant short- and long-term future in steel for Arkansas, particularly in Mississippi County.

An electric arc furnace at Big River Steel’s Flex Mill near Osceola. Since the mill opened, it has provided hundreds of jobs and a big boost to the local economy.
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Nippon Steel Delays Closing of Acquisition of US Steel

The U.S. Department of Justice requested more documentation related to the deal. read more >
Little Rock Port Authority director Bryan Day is optimistic that the port will recover as soon as business returns to normal.
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Reading The Future: Economic Development (40 Years of Arkansas Business)

Investments in roads, bridges and water infrastructure must be a key priority and include developing new and coordinated transit systems. read more >
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Reading the Future: Steel (40 Years of Arkansas Business)

Executives are envisioning a vibrant short- and long-term future in steel for Arkansas, particularly in Mississippi County. read more >
Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Public Companies

Biden Vows to Block Japanese Acquisition of US Steel

“American-owned, American-operated by American union steelworkers — the best in the world — and that’s going to happen, I promise you,” he said. read more >
Atlas Tube workers tour the company's new electric resistance steel mill in Blytheville.
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Zekelman Plans $120M Expansion of Atlas Tube Facilities in Blytheville

Along with the expansion, Zekelman said it would provide $250,000 for a workforce training program at Arkansas Northeastern College. read more >
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School Readiness Is Key to Workforce Success (Leigh Keener Commentary)

We can’t expect workers to thrive on the job if we do not equip them with basic skills early in life. read more >
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A-State Steel Research Center Gets $10M From US Spending Package

The multimillion-dollar facility will support partnerships with steel manufacturers for research, process improvements and testing of advanced materials. read more >
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Investing in Arkansas Steel with Global Principal Partners’ David Stickler

Stickler is senior managing partner at Global Principal Partners LLC of Miami, the company behind the $700 million rebar mill in Osceola. read more >
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Hammering Out a Deal (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

A possible buyout of U.S. Steel Corp. promises complications both political and regulatory. read more >
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Koch Subsidiary Among Investors in Northeast Arkansas Rebar Mill

Under the partnership, the Koch entity will provide metallics procurement services for Hybar LLC's new $700 million facility in Osceola. read more >

Eyes on U.S. Steel (Editorial)

Although U.S. Steel is based in Pittsburgh, a potential buyout has big ramifications for Arkansas. read more >
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State-Funded ‘Boot Camp’ Aims to Train 500 Steel Workers

The two-week program will provide entry-level knowledge to those looking to land a job in the state's growing steel industry. read more >
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Pennsylvania Firm Announces Stake in Blytheville Specialty Contractor D&L

D&L is one of the largest heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration system services providers to steel mills in the Southeast. read more >
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Mississippi County Rebuilds on Steel

With its recent revenue jump due to the steel industry, government officials hope to attract new residents and reverse a longtime decline in population. read more >
Ryan Walmsley
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Ryan Walmsley to Lead Lexicon’s Fabrication Group

Walmsley has nearly 20 years of experience in the steel industry. He joined Lexicon in 2019. read more >
An ArcelorMittal steel facility in Italy 

US Company Gets $120M Boost to Make ‘Green Steel’

The financial package by global steel giant ArcelorMittal is the biggest single investment made to date by the firm's carbon innovation fund. read more >
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Arkansas Business Year in Review: Top 10 Business Stories of 2022

Inflation takes the top spot in this year's review of business stories. read more >
David Stickler, CEO of Highbar LLC
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$500M Rebar Mill Planned for Northeast Arkansas

A new company led by former Big River Steel CEO David Stickler is behind the project. read more >
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Zekelman Plans New Blytheville Tube Facility to Meet Solar Demand

About 80 jobs will be created. Construction is set to begin in December. 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 >