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Atlas Tube opens $150 million facility in Mississippi County



Little Rock, Arkansas — Atlas Tube has opened its newest steel mill in Blytheville. It’s the second facility they have opened in Mississippi County’s largest city.

The new facility, a division of Zekelman Industries will be dedicated to producing Jumbo Hollow Structural Sections (HSS).

The $150 million project is the largest private investment in the U.S. steel industry in the last decade, according to the company. The project was announced in July 2019.

“Thanks to companies like Atlas Tube, Mississippi County continues to lead the country as a premier steel producer,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “Their $150 million will go a long way to improving the quality of life for Arkansans not only in Blytheville but also in the surrounding areas. We are thrilled to celebrate with Atlas Tube today and look forward to many great things ahead.”

Among those who attended the recent grand opening were Barry Zekelman, executive chairman and CEO of Zekelman Industries, Mike Preston, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Commerce, and Clif Chitwood, president of the Great River Economic Development Foundation.

The new mill is expected to create over 75 new jobs in the community.