1 TRUSTED REGIONAL CENTER WITH ROCKEFELLER ROOTS AND STRONG GOVERNMENT
Pine State Regional Center is Owned by a 60-Year Old Economic Development Company, Providing Investor Confidence and
Security Through a Long History of Success and Integrity
Pine State Regional Center’s parent company, Arkansas Capital Corporation (“ACC”), is a 60-year-old non-profit economic development company formed by Winthrop Rockefeller and other Arkansas financial leaders in 1957, while Rockefeller was serving as Chairman of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission. ACC is certified as a Community Development Financial Institution by the U. S. Department of Treasury and works closely with the State of Arkansas, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and local economic development groups to create jobs and serve as a catalyst for the economy of Arkansas. ACC and its subsidiaries have successfully deployed over $1.7 billion of investment capital into commercial projects throughout its history.
Pine State Regional Center was formed in 2013 by ACC at the direct request of the Governor of the State of Arkansas, for the purpose of deploying capital through the USCIS EB-5 Immigrant Investment Program to provide financing for job-creating enterprises.
2 THE LARGEST PRIVATE MANUFACTURING PROJECT
IN THE HISTORY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS
Supported by Former President Bill Clinton and Over USD $150 Mi llion of Government Support, Big River Steel is an
Exciting Opportuni ty for EB-5 Investors
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, born in Arkansas, served as Governor of Arkansas twice and has made significant contributions to the economic prosperity of Arkansas. Big River Steel (BRS) chose Arkansas for the location of its new world-class manufacturing facility thanks in part to the support and efforts of former President Clinton. The current and previous Arkansas Governors, Mr. Asa Hutchinson and Mr. Mike Beebe, have also provided tremendous support for BRS, emphasizing that the project has created considerable job opportunities and will stimulate the local economy for years to come.
Big River Steel was the first project to be designated a “Super Project” and receive an overall bond financing and economic incentive package under Amendment 82, winning strong support from all levels of government. Total government funding has reached over USD $150 million, including grants, government loans, and financial subsidies for plant infrastructure and worker training. This remarkable financial support demonstrates the long-term confidence of the government in BRS and the local economy
3 PREMIER EQUITY INVESTORS LED BY KOCH INDUSTRIES,
THE LARGEST PRIVATE INDUSTRIAL GROUP IN THE UNITED STATES
BRS has Attracted Investments from Companies Owned by Three of the Top Ten Richest People on the Forbes List, as well as One o f the Five Largest Private Equity Firms in the World
Big River Steel, with a total capitalization of USD $1.67 billion, has received over USD $580,000,000 in investments from prominent equity investors, including Koch Industries, TPG Capital, and Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (ATRS). Moreover, BNSF Railway, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has contributed transportation infrastructure for the project, and Entergy, one of the largest power suppliers in the United States, has agreed to very beneficial power supply agreements to ensure the operational efficiency of the project.
The investment and subsidies cited above include companies controlled by three of the top ten individuals listed on the annual Forbes Rich List, i.e. Warren Buffet (net worth of USD $75 billion, ranking second on the list), Charles Koch and David Koch (net worth of USD $48 billion respectively, tying for ninth place on the list).
4 BRS OFFERS THE ADVANTAGES OF INVESTING IN A RURAL TARGETED EMPLOYMENT AREA
BRS qualifies as a project in a Rural Targeted Employment Area (TEA) for two reasons. The project is located in Mississippi County, Arkansas, which is classified as a rural area due to the fact that the county is not within a Metropolitan Statistical Area, and does not contain a city with a population of 20,000 or more. In addition, BRS is also located in a census tract with an unemployment rate that is at least 150% of the national average unemployment rate.
5 TOTAL EB-5 JOB CREATION REQUIREMENT ALREADY SURPASSED
Today’s EB-5 Investors Benefit from Job Creation that Began in July 2014.
According to the RIMS II economic impact model for the BRS project, prepared by the expert independent economist Dr. Michael Evans at Evans, Carroll & Associates, the jobs already created at BRS far exceeds the 4,000 jobs required for USD $200 million of EB-5 financing.
As of February 2018, Dr. Evans has confirmed that BRS has already created 10,161 jobs. This is more than 154% of the necessary jobs, providing EB-5 applicants the ability to successfully file I-829 petitions for the removal of conditions for their permanent green cards.
The BRS facility, which is the newest flat-rolled steel production facility in North America, is strategically located in Osceola, Arkansas, at the intersection of two major transportation corridors, providing direct access to primary end-markets within the electrical power, infrastructure and energy, transportation and automotive sectors, as well as sources of scrap metal. The site is bordered on the east by the Mississippi River and on the west by a main line railroad operated by BNSF Railway.
BRS commenced construction of the facility in July 2014 and completed construction in the fall of 2017. The facility had its first full month of primary steel production in January 2017, and when fully ramped up, BRS expects to achieve an annual rated production capacity of 1.65 million tons per annum.
The primary equipment provider, Germany’s SMS Siemag, has developed the most advanced specialty steel production technology in the world for BRS and has guaranteed the production parameters necessary to produce the high-quality steels previously beyond the capabilities of mini-mills.
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