Big River Steel, based in Osceola, Arkansas, USA and headed up by CEO Dave Stickler, has joined the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), the largest steel industry trade association in the United States and the primary trade association representing North American EAF steel producers.

Big River Steel operates the world’s first FlexMill merging the wide product mix and superior grade capabilities of an integrated mill with the nimbleness and technological advancements of a minimill. It is also the only steel mill in North America to combine an electric arc furnace (EAF) with a Ruhrstahl Heraeus (RH) degasser for cleaner, higher grade steels.The mill has a meltshop capacity of approximately 1.6Mt/yr and recently announced plans for a second phase that would double its capacity by 2021.

David Stickler, chief executive officer of Big River Steel, commented: “We are pleased to partner with the SMA and its member companies. The organisation is committed to supporting EAF producers with an agenda focused on the steelmaker, a strong safety culture, human resources excellence and environmental stewardship. This, combined with SMA’s entrepreneurial spirit, lean management team and responsiveness to its members, will benefit both Big River Steel and the industry as a whole."

“We are pleased to welcome Big River Steel to the SMA,” stated SMA president Philip K. Bell. “The company is an industry leader committed to state-of-the-art process technology and artificial intelligence. Big River has helped make northeast Arkansas the epicentre for steelmaking innovation. We look forward to their contributions as an SMA producer member.”

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