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BRS Starts Up Second Phase of Mill Project

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Big River Steel has started up the second phase of its Arkansas-based  flat-rolled steel production facility. The Phase Two project will increase the company’s production capacity to 3.3 million tons.

The expansion project in Osceola, Ark., will cost an estimated $716 million.

“When describing the success of our Phase Two construction efforts, I am extremely proud to be able to use my five favorite words: ‘ahead of schedule’ and ‘under budget.’ This achievement is a testament to the hard work and can-do attitude of our employees,” said Dave Stickler, Big River Steel’s CEO.

Originally slated to be commissioned on Jan. 27, 2021, the mill’s second electric arc furnace, ladle metallurgical station, thin-slab continuous caster, tunnel furnace and hot mill downcoiler were brought on line more than two months early and are already being used to produce steel. 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 percent from the already world class 3,000 tons of steel per employee currently produced.

“Being able to successfully complete a $700 million construction project in the face of the COVID pandemic is a tremendous accomplishment. The entire Big River Steel family is extremely proud of what we have accomplished," said Jim Bell, CEO of BRS Construction Advisory Group LLC.