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Forging Ahead in Arkansas

In Arkansas, the metals industry employs over 22,000 individuals and accounts for 13.6% of total manufacturing. Located in the Northeast corner of Arkansas, Mississippi County boasts the second-largest capacity for steel production in the nation

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At AEDC, we know economic advancement doesn’t happen by accident. We work strategically with businesses and communities to create strong economic opportunities, making Arkansas the natural choice for success. Here are some examples of businesses that are thriving!

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Metals Companies in Arkansas

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“We’ve been impressed from the first day we set foot in this state, just considering building another scrap recycling and steel mill. Arkansas was a good home for that. They had the river system, railroad system, highway system, and electrical grid system. What they had then, they have today — only in spades.”

David Stickler

CEO, Big River Steel

“This is the place that it needs to happen. People want to come to this area. Companies want to come down here. Why? In large part due to the things we do right here at this steel mill [in Hickman].”
Ladd Hall

Executive Vice President, Nucor

“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, Big River Steel

“The strength and commitment of the state of Arkansas and our local teammates has given us the opportunity to make the next investment in the future of tube production for the entire country.” 
Barry Zekelman

CEO, Atlas Tube

From the Blog

Arkansas Company Drives Advancements in Manufacturing Technology

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Mississippi County, Arkansas, is Primed for Steel

Mississippi County is the fourth-largest steel-producing county in the United States, and ...


How Arkansas Became a Leader in the Steel Industry

Since the land was first discovered, the fertile soil of the Arkansas Delta has produced c...


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