Big River Steel Doubles Arkansas Capacity
Big River Steel has successfully started up the second phase of its Arkansas-based scrap metal recycling and flat-rolled steel production facility. The Phase
Two expansion budgeted at USD 716 million will double Big River Steel's production capacity to 3.3 million tons annually. Big River Steel's chief executive officer Mr Dave Stickler said "When describing the success of our Phase Two construction efforts, I am extremely proud to be able to use my five favourite words: 'ahead of schedule' and 'under budget.' This achievement is a testament to the hard work and can-do attitude of our employees."
Originally slated to be commissioned on January 27, 2021, the mill's second electric arc furnace, ladle metallurgical station, thin-slab continuous caster, tunnel furnace and hot mill down coiler were brought on line more than two months early and are already being used to produce high-quality steels. With a team of experienced steel technicians and a Phase Two layout consistent with the mill's existing footprint, Big River Steel plans an aggressive ramp-up to reach rated capacity in less than five months. Once rated capacity is reached, Big River Steel will produce close to 5,000 tons of steel per employee per annum; up almost 66% from the already world class 3,000 tons of steel per employee currently produced.
In 2017, Big River Steel began operations at its $1.3 billion scrap metal recycling and flat-rolled steel production facility supplied by SMS group