Legislators to get update on proposed steel mill

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas Legislators are to gather in West Memphis to get an update from the top executive behind an effort to put a $1.1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County.

The Insurance and Commerce Committee is to meet at 10 a.m. at Mid-South Community College, where members are to hear from John Correnti.

Correnti is president and chief executive officer of Big River Steel. Also addressing the panel will be David Stickler, who is a member of Big River's board.

The mill is projected to employ more than 500 people who would earn more than $75,000 per year. Construction is expected to begin next year and would create about 2,000 temporary jobs.

The mill, which is to get $125 million in state financing, is to be built in Osceola.

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