U.S. Steel Big River Steel plant

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U.S. Steel Big River Steel plant, also known as BRS, is a 3300 thousand tonnes per annum (TTPA) electric arc furnace (EAF) steel plant operating in Osceola, Arkansas, United States.


The map below shows the location of the steel plant in Osceola, Arkansas, United States.

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  • Location: 2027 State Hwy 198, Osceola, Arkansas 72370, United States[1]
  • Coordinates (WGS 84): 35.644264, -89.941659 (exact)


Big River Steel is a special "flex mill" that can produce flat products from an electric arc furnace (EAF) and is believed to be one of the most advanced flex mills in the country.[2] One EAF was added in 2017; a new one was added in 2020.[3] According to Big River Steel, the facility is worth $1.3 billion.[4] Big River Steel was bought by the United States Steel Corporation in January 2021.[5]

The capacity of BRS doubled to 3300 thousand tonnes per annum around June 2020 after BRS announced intentions to double production in 2018.[6][7]

In 2021, the facility was awarded by Daimler AG for "the exceptionally sustainable production of steel." According to Daimler, the facility has 70% fewer carbon emissions compared to traditional blast-furnace methods of producing steel. The facility also has a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.[8]

Plant Details

Table 1: General Plant Details

Plant status Start date Workforce size
operating[1] 2014[1] 745[9]

Table 2: Ownership and Parent Company Information

Parent company Parent company PermID Owner Owner company PermID
United States Steel Corp [100%][1] 4295903049 [100%] Big River Steel LLC[1] 5043335009

Table 3: Process and Products

Steel product category Steel products Steel sector end users ISO 14001 Main production equipment Detailed production equipment
finished rolled[10] electrical steel, hot-rolled, hot-rolled pickled and oiled, cold-rolled, cold-rolled motor lamination, galvanized[11] energy; transport[12] 2022[13] electric arc furnace (EAF)[14] 2 EAF (150-tonnes each; one began in 2017, one began in 2020)[15][14][16][17]

Table 4: Crude Steel Production Capacities (thousand tonnes per annum):

Electric arc furnace steelmaking capacity Nominal crude steel capacity (total)
3300 TTPA[1] 3300 TTPA

Table 5: Actual Crude Steel Production by Year (thousand tonnes per annum):

Year BOF Production EAF Production OHF Production Total (all routes)
2021 1914 TTPA[18] 1914 TTPA

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 https://web.archive.org/web/20220112115510/https://bigriversteel.com/about/overview/. Archived from the original on 2022-01-12. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. Hot-Rolled, Big River Steel, Retrieved on: Aug. 17, 2020
  3. 2021 AIST Electric Arc Furnace Roundup, Association for Iron & Steel Technology, Jan. 2021
  4. BRS (2020-01-01). "BRS Fact Sheet" (PDF). BRS. Retrieved 2021-10-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "United States Steel Corporation Completes Big River Steel Acquisition". www.businesswire.com. 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  6. Big River Steel Expanding Arkansas Flex Mill™ $1.2 billion investment will double capacity of technology-based steel mill and recycling facility, Big River Steel, Jun. 2018, Retrieved on: Aug. 17, 2020
  7. Overview, Big River Steel, Retrieved on: Aug. 17, 2020
  8. "Daimler honours steel supplier Big River Steel for sustainability". Daimler. 2021-07-16. Retrieved 2021-10-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20210506013810/https://bigriversteel.com/about/people/. Archived from the original on 2021-05-06. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. https://web.archive.org/web/20211220135141/https://www.ussteel.com/about-us/locations. Archived from the original on 2021-12-20. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. https://web.archive.org/web/20220120115533/https://bigriversteel.com/products/hot-rolled/. Archived from the original on 2022-01-20. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20220120124344/https://bigriversteel.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/BRS1903-Fact-Sheet-010820.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2022-01-20. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20221224174639/https://bigriversteel.com/about/leed. Archived from the original on 2022-12-24. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. 14.0 14.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20220124093039/https://bigriversteel.com/explore/tour/. Archived from the original on 2022-01-24. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20220126160735/https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2020/12/08/U-S-Steel-to-buy-remaining-stake-in-Arkansas-Big-River-mill/stories/202012080092. Archived from the original on 2022-01-26. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. (http://digital.library.aist.org/download/PR-RU2021-2.1838.pdf)
  17. "2021 AIST Electric Arc Furnace Roundup". Association for Iron & Steel Technology. January 2021. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  18. (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20230311144635/https://s26.q4cdn.com/153509673/files/doc_financials/2022/ar/2022-Annual-Report.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2023-03-11. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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