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Updated as of December 2, 2014.


Big River Steel **UPDATED**

Site location: Hwy 198 off of Hwy 61 S (south of PPES and Bunge, behind Viskase)

Status: Groundbreaking Held, Corporate Offices Open, Construction Hiring Office Open

Steel mill.  Big River Steel broke ground on September 22, 2014, on its $1.3 billion steel mill and recycling facility in Osceola, Arkansas, the single largest private investment in the state's history. Joining local, state and federal officials for the ceremony were Big River Steel leaders and investors. Big River's Osceola facility will produce those steels currently under-supplied in the domestic U.S. market while employing more than 500 people with an average annual compensation of $75,000. Construction of the facility will take approximately 20 months from groundbreaking to complete.

During the initial building phase of the project, all available jobs will be through contractors that are performing the construction activities. All contractor information will be available on the contractor bulletin board/sign that is located at the job site.  The address for this is: 2027 E Hwy 198, Osceola, AR 72370.  Sometime before the end of October, a the official hiring office for construction jobs will be open for applications and resumes.  More information for that office as it is available.

Those interested in applying for construction jobs may do so at:
Associated Brigham Contractors, Inc.
720 South Ermen Lane
Osceola, AR 72370
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Big River Steel intends to utilize Arkansas Northeastern College for its permanent hiring and application process.  They are not yet hiring for those positions.  However, please check the Arkansas Northeastern College's website for future information on the application process as it becomes available.

Additionally, several local temporary employment agencies have begun taking resumes and applications as well.  A full list of our members in that category can be found on our Member Directory > Business & Professional Services > Human Resources Services.


Blue Oak Resources Arkansas

Site location: Ohlendorf Road, north of American Greetings

Status: Financing Closed, Groundbreaking Ceremony Held, Offices Open

High-tech electronic recycling facility. Blue Oak Resources Arkansas held their groundbreaking ceremony in June. Site prep work is taking place and a local office.  As of now, however, we do not have contact information regarding employment or contracting opportunities.


Jefferson Iron & Metals

Site location: Osceola

Status: Announced 10/14/14

In the October 16 edition of The Osceola Times, Jefferson Iron & Metal Brokerage annoucned plans to build a $3million facility to process over 2million tons of scrap metal annually from Big River Steel, serving as their exclusive scrap broker.  The facility will result in approximately 45 jobs that ay $45,000 per year on average.  It is also expected that J*&MB will ultimately provide close to 4million tons of scrap metal and invest a total of $50million and 75 jobs once BRS completes the second and third phases of its expansion.


Material Works, Ltd.

Site location: Osceola, adjacent to Big River Steel

Status: Announced 10/28/14

The Material Works, Ltd. (TMW) announced it will build an advanced flat rolled toll processing center adjacent to BRS. Construction will begin in the second quarter of 2015 with the facility expected to be fully operational to coincide with BRS's grand opening in 2016.  TMW will invest approximately $20million in the new 110,000 square food facility where 45 jobs will be created.


Mid-River Terminal

Site location: Osceola, just south of Sans Souci Park

Status: Announced 10/2/14

According to the October 2, 2014 edition of The Osceola Times, Mid-River Terminal, LLC., announced a barge loading and unloading facility supporting Big River Steel.  Mid-River will be a 24/7 operation that will create 125 jobs which will pay an average of $55,000 per year.  Dirt work has begun, but company owner Rick Ellis stated that he is awaiting permits from the U.S. Coast Guard before actual construction may begin, expected to occur by the middle of next month.


SMS Millcraft LLC

Site location: Osceola, Hwy 61 in former Beckmann-Volmer facility

Status: Announced 10/8/14

In the October 8, 2014 edition of The Osceola Times, SMS Millcraft LLC announced it will own and operate a new industrial maintenance and service operation in Osceola. The substantial investment by SMS Millcraft is expected to provide SMS not only with the capability to serve Big River Steel, but industrial companies throughout the southern United States. The company plans to hire approximately 50 employees who are expected to earn a very market competitive rate. Those jobs will primarily be blue collar positions such as mechanics, welders, assembly line workers, engineers, etc. Each employee will also be offered full benefits.  The company expects to begin hiring in six months


Other New Industries

Site location: TBA

Status: TBA

According to Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore, there are several other prospective industries are in the works for our area, with four very close to public announcement.  Check back here for more information as it becomes available.


Indigo Resources, LTD.

Status: Canceled

According to the September 18, 2014 issue of The Osceola Times, it was announced that company officials for Indigo, based out of Woodlands, Texas, changed their plans to construct the rail-to-barge crude oil terminal, which was planned to help alleviate current infrastructure constraints impacting the transporation of oil.  The decision was made after a separate Texas-based pipeline company announced plans to construct a new crude oil pipeline between Cushing, Oklahoma, and Memphis, TN.



Information is current as of the date above and will be edited as further details become available.

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