Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Steel Production

People are the strength of our steel

Mississippi County is the 4th largest steel producing county in the nation. In fact, job growth in this high-demand industry has increased in Arkansas by 39% since 2009. Today, the steel industry employs nearly 5,500 Arkansans with projected increases to be seen in the coming years.

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Arkansas is among the nation’s leaders for fabricating recycled steel.

Companies finding success in Arkansas

People have heard me refer to this as steel mill heaven. And the reason we are here is really because of the work ethic of Arkansans.

John Correnti, former CEO of Big River Steel

Steven Lamm

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(501) 682-7499
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  • Income Tax Credits
  • Infrastructure Grants
  • Payroll Rebates
  • Sales Tax Credits & Refunds
Education and Workforce
  • Arkansas Northeastern College offers an Associate’s of Applied Science in Steel Industry Technology, designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the steel industry or manufacturing processes
  • 13% of the state’s workforce is employed in manufacturing; 13,000 employed in transportation equipment manufacturing
  • 2nd highest percentage of manufacturing employment in the south and 3rd highest in the nation
  • Labor force of nearly 1.3 million projected to increase 7% from 2013 to 2023
  • Arkansas is home to 24 four-year colleges and universities and 22 two-year public colleges
  • Nearly 50% of Arkansans have an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree or have attended some college
Available Buildings and Sites
  • 200+ LEED Certified facilities
  • 100+ available buildings of Class A office space ranging from 10,000 to 370,000 square feet
  • 275+ available industrial buildings ranging from 10,000 to 2.1 million square feet
  • Competitive purchase prices and lease rates
  • Sites ranging from 10 to 10,200 acres available across the state
  • 175+ sites with interstate access
  • 40 sites that are rail served
Transportation and Infrastructure

Arkansas is centrally located between Mexico City and Montreal, offering easy access to 40% of the U.S. population. The state's transportation infrastructure provides a variety of efficient options to get products to market. Major market centers in the region include Memphis, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, New Orleans and St. Louis.



  • I-40, reaching from North Carolina to California, runs through Arkansas
  • I-55 links eastern Arkansas to St. Louis & Chicago to the north and New Orleans to the south
  • I-30 connects Arkansas with markets to the southwest, including Texas and Mexico


  • 3 Class I Systems: Union Pacific, BNSF Railway and Kansas City Southern Railway
  • Union Pacific operates major yards in Little Rock and Pine Bluff
  • 22 smaller railroads operate over more than 27,000 miles of track
  • 40 available sites which are rail served


  • Major commercial airports are located in Central and Northwest Arkansas: The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport has 120+ flight arrivals and departures each day, with non-stop jet service to 16 national/international gateway cities. Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport provides non-stop service to 14 national/international gateway cities on nearly 50 flights each day.
  • Memphis International Airport is located less than 15 miles from the Arkansas state line
  • 6 regional airports located throughout the state


  • 3 ports located along the Arkansas River: Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Fort Smith 
  • 4 Mississippi River terminals: Osceola, West Memphis, Helena and McGehee