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U.S. Steel Plans Osceola, Arkansas, Advanced Steel Making Plant

01/14/2022
Integrated steel producer U.S. Steel Corporation will locate an advanced steel making plant in Osceola, Arkansas. The $3 billion project is expected to create at least 900 full-time direct and indirect jobs.

According to company officials its next-generation highly sustainable and technologically advanced mill will be located close to U. S. Steel’s cutting-edge Big River Steel plant. The facility is engineered to bring together the most advanced technology to create the steel mill of the future that delivers profitable solutions for our customers. .

“With this location selected and shovels ready, we are reshaping the future of steelmaking,” said U.S. Steel President and CEO David B. Burritt. “We had numerous competitive site options, but Osceola offers our customers incomparable advantages.”.

The site selection is subject to a number of factors, including final agreements with key partners. Permitting for the project is underway and the company expects to break ground in the first quarter of 2022, with project completion and full operation anticipated in 2024, state officials noted..

“The State of Arkansas, Mississippi County, the City of Osceola, Entergy, BNSF, and other parties have all worked to make this the clear choice for a path to the future without roadblocks. We’re not going to make our stakeholders wait to see progress. We intend to break ground this quarter and get to work as soon as permits are in hand. With its extraordinarily low-cost structure, energy efficient production equipment, and advanced capabilities, this $3 billion project will yield significant benefits to our customers, stockholder, communities, employees, and contribute to a more sustainable world,” Burritt continued..

The new mill is designed to extend U.S. Steel’s customer advantages as the company maps a bold path toward a more sustainable future, according to company officials. The new optimized steel production facility is expected to feature two electric arc furnaces with 3 million tons per year of advanced steel making capability, a state of the art endless casting and rolling line, and advanced finishing capabilities. This first use of endless casting and rolling technology in the United States brings significant energy, efficiency, and capability enhancements to the company’s operations..

“Mississippi County has become a national leader in steel production, and U. S. Steel’s decision to create ‘the steel mill of the future’ in this community continues to underscore why,” Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said..

When completed, the sophisticated new steel making facility in combination with Big River Steel will form a 6.3 million ton mega mill capable of providing many of the most advanced and sustainable steels in North America. The new non grain oriented electrical steel and galvalume/galvanizing lines currently under construction at Big River Steel will further advance U. S. Steel’s ability to respond to customers’ pressing supply chain needs to satisfy their own domestic manufacturing expansion. The location affords abundant, increasingly renewable and clean power from Entergy, superior Class 1 rail service from BNSF with connections to other railroads, Mississippi River docks and interstate trucking access..

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