Supplier Meeting Set For NE Arkansas Steel Mill

Oct 22, 2013

A meeting is set for companies interested in acting as suppliers to a $1.1 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas.

Steel rods in bundles at a warehouse.

The gathering is to run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that the Big River Steel project will need everything from construction help to running a cafeteria inside the plant.

Organizers project that the plant will create about 2,000 construction jobs and more than 500 permanent jobs once the plant is open.

Mill workers will earn an average of more than $75,000 per year. Mississippi County Judge Randy Carney said the project will boost the area's economy.