Arkansas Economic Development Commission


Big River Steel supplier outreach event to target small, minority-owned businesses

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (August 28, 2013) – Two workshops will be held in October for small and minority businesses interested in doing business with Big River Steel. The workshops, which will take place October 16 in Little Rock and October 23 in Blytheville, are offered to all small, minority and women-owned businesses in Arkansas. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Register The workshops are coordinated by Big River Steel, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) and the Governor’s Office.

In January 2013, Big River announced plans to build a $1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County that will directly employ more than 500 people with annual average compensation of $75,000 a year. The company plans to produce steel for the automotive, oil and gas, and electrical energy industries. Construction of the mill will take approximately two years.

The October 16 Little Rock workshop will be held 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s campus. The October 23 Blytheville workshop, which will cover the same material as the Little Rock event, will be held 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Arkansas Northeastern College. Participants can attend either workshop which will outline details and requirements of doing business with Big River. All business sectors are encouraged to attend as there are a variety of opportunities. 

“This outreach event is an excellent way for Arkansas’s small, minority and women-owned businesses to discover new business and contracting opportunities with Big River Steel,” said AEDC’s Small and Minority Business Director Patricia Nunn Brown. “We want to ensure that our small and minority businesses are well represented in constructing and servicing this plant.”

For more information on this event, call 1-800-ARKANSAS or e-mail