Big River Steel sells first piece of rolled coil

Big River Steel sells first piece of rolled coil

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Big River Steel announced Wednesday they have sold their first piece of rolled coil for $100,000.

According to a press release, the first coils produced were purchased by Zekelman Industries and will be sent to Atlas Tube in Blytheville.

The $100,000 buy came from a joint contribution by Big River and Zekelman to the Wounded Warrior Project and Arkansas Northeastern College.

"We are thrilled to be commemorating this milestone alongside Zekelman Industries," Dave Stickler, chief executive officer of Big River Steel, said. "The Northeast Arkansas community, home to both Big River and one of Zekelman's most advanced facilities, has embraced our arrival with open arms. In terms of joining with Zekelman Industries in supporting Wounded Warrior Project and Arkansas Northeastern College, we are honored to be able to do this so early in the life of our company."

"Zekelman Industries has operated in Northeast Arkansas since 2007 and we have seen firsthand the quality of the workforce trained by ANC," chief executive officer and chairman of Zekelman Barry Zekelman said. "My family and I have also had the honor of supporting the Wounded Warrior Project for several years.  Big River's willingness to join us in making these charitable contributions is much appreciated and we join others that operate industrial facilities in Northeast Arkansas in welcoming Big River to the community."

The selling of the new coil comes after the operations of the hot mill and melt shop were commissioned by Big River Steel. This is the third and fourth areas of the mill to be commissioned following commissions of their batch annual facility and temper mill earlier this year.

Big River Steel has been under construction since July 2014 and is expected to be fully operational by 2017.

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