MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Union Partners announced plans Thursday to build a new steel processing facility on the Osceola campus of Big River Steel.
A formal groundbreaking is expected in the first quarter of 2018.
In a press release issued to Region 8 News, Union Partners plan to install the latest innovations in technology and processes to enable real-time collaboration between their new operations and Big River Steel.
The new plant is expected to be located directly adjacent to Big River's Flex Mill™.
The release states the plant will include both slitting and multi-blanking lines in a new build-to-suit facility expandable to 258,000 square feet.
Mayor Dickie Kennemore said he doesn't know an exact number of jobs the facility will create, but he is thankful for this boost to the city's economy.
"It's just one more asset that we've got that will make the economy even stronger," Kennemore said. "We played to our strength and our strength is the Mississippi River, and that's what we use to get these heavy industries and these good-paying jobs."