March 30, 2016

Big River Commissions Furnaces, Skin Pass Mill

North America’s newest steelmaking facility, Osceola, Ark.-based Big River Steel, has commissioned its batch anneal furnaces and skin pass mill. The commissioning represents the first step in the new $1.3 billion mill coming on line. At full capacity, the mill is expected to produce 1.6 million tons of steel.

At the Platts Steel Markets North America Conference in Chicago, Big River Chief Commercial Officer Mark Bula said the company expects to be fully operational by the fourth quarter. The mill will make commodity grades of steel at its launch, but its intent is to focus on higher grades of steel products, including advanced high-strength steels and electrical steels.

Big River Steel, which was founded by a group including late steel executive John Correnti, is designed as a flex mill, “merging the wide product mix and superior grade capabilities of an integrated mill with the nimbleness and technological advancements of a minimill,” the company claims.


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