Manufacturing

Bioenergy Push Spurs 2 New Wood Pellet Plants in Pine Bluff, Monticello

Bioenergy Push Spurs 2 New Wood Pellet Plants in Pine Bluff, Monticello

Europe's increasing emphasis on renewable energy lies behind the announcements this summer that two companies plan to build wood pellet plants in Arkansas.
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TMW to Open $20M Plant Near Big River Steel, Employ 45

A company called The Materials Works Ltd. (TMW) reveals plans to build a flat rolled toll processing center adjacent to Big River Steel, which is now under construction just south of Osceola. The $20 million TMW plant will create 45 jobs.
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Land of Opportunity? (Editorial)

Utility officials and others say the only way Arkansas can meet the EPA goals is by closing a coal-fired plant or two, action that would hurt Arkansas' economy. Regulation is a job killer, they say.
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Tech Park Has $522M Impact, UA Study Finds

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Simmons Foods to Close Northeast Oklahoma Poultry Plant

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Bob Lamb, Longtime State Chamber Leader, Dies at 82

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Weyerhaeuser CEO Doyle R. Simons Says Housing Stats On Path Out of the Woods

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Clean Power Means Good Jobs for State (Glen Hooks Commentary)

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Georgia-Pacific Leads List of Largest Forest Products Companies in Arkansas

This year's list of largest forest products companies is little changed from last year. One company, however, ITW Shippers of Fordyce with 143 employees in 2013, fell off the list. It has been sold, according to a company employee, but the company failed to respond to repeated requests for information. read more >

Sweet: ‘A Pure Arkansas-Flavored Investment' for Arkansas Teachers Retirement System

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the state's largest pension fund, has invested about $73 million in 14,580 acres of cropland since it began building its roster of farm holdings four years ago. read more >

New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

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