Here's What We Know About Monday's Jobs Announcement in Arkadelphia

Gov. Mike Beebe's office has scheduled a "significant job creation announcement" at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Clark County Commerce Park in Arkadelphia.

Here's what we know about it so far:

  • As the governor's press advisory notes, the event is taking place at 125 Technology Drive, the site of the old Petit Jean Poultry plant.
  • The announcement involves a California-based company that's purchased the facility to process chickens.
  • The company is making a specialized Asian chicken product.
  • The plant will employ 200 people.
  • The company is aiming for operations to begin by late December; in the interim, it will be hiring workers and assembling and installing necessary equipment.

The deal is a nice one for Arkadelphia. Petit Jean Poultry closed the Arkadelphia plant in April 2011 after Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale failed to renew its contract with the company.

At the time, the plant employed about 385 people and had an annual payroll of about $3.5 million.

We'll obviously learn much more on Monday.

Update: And here it is: Vikon Farms, investing $5.4 million, planning to employ 172 over the next four years and working with growers in Union and Nevada counties.

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