Arkansas Economic Development Commission


AEDC offers condolences on the death of Big River Steel CEO John Correnti


AEDC Statement on John Correnti

We are extremely saddened to learn of the sudden passing of John Correnti. John was a visionary in the steel sector who was proud to call Arkansas home. We enjoyed working very closely with him on the Big River Steel project. He fought hard to make this project a reality for Arkansas. He built a strong management team and board that will be sure his vision for Big River Steel is realized.  Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s family along with the entire team at Big River Steel.


Mike Preston

AEDC Executive Director



Big River Steel Statement


It is with the deepest sadness that we share news of the death of Big River Steel Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Correnti. John was 68.


John had a long and highly successful career in the steel industry.  As the driving force behind numerous greenfield steel mill projects, John’s efforts led to the creation of thousands of high-paying jobs, an accomplishment that gave him great pride.


John was recognized as an early adapter of new steelmaking technologies. Over the course of his career, John worked with a number of leading technology companies, including SMS Siemag, to continually improve the efficiency of steelmaking. 


Most recently, John and a group of strategic and financial investors founded Big River Steel to once again propel the industry forward. Big River Steel will be one of many legacies John leaves with us all.  John was a visionary, an innovator and a leader who dedicated his career to improving the steel industry and creating opportunities for those that worked within it.


Big River Steel will continue to be managed by its operating committee.