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Thriving Business: Searcy Boasts a Variety of Industries

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First Security Technology Center

With the construction of their new 57,000-square-foot technology center, Searcy-based First Security Bank is committed to Searcy and the surrounding area. The new facility currently houses 126 employees and supports operations of the bank’s 78 locations across Arkansas while also providing space for future growth.

The technology center is home to a state-of-the-art data center and meeting rooms that allow remote access. The purpose of the new facility is to support customers now and into the future while providing employees a great place to work. It was designed for optimal collaboration among the 15 departments within, including bookkeeping, customer care center, deposit operations, data processing, online and mobile banking, credit card processing, cash management and training.

First Security Bank President Nathan Rutledge said, “We are excited to see our new technology center project come to life in Downtown Searcy. We are proud to call Searcy home and are looking forward to the future of our community and our company.”


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Davis, Hull and Rowden (DHR)

DHR has been serving Searcy with its Sonic Drive-In stores for decades.

Named after founders Ricky Davis, David Hull and Greg Rowden, DHR traces its roots back to 2001 when the trio joined forces in a Sonic

franchise group and opened their first in Cave City. That marked the beginning of a venture where they were originally overseeing 11 Sonic Drive-In locations. The group became a formidable presence in the Sonic chain and their stores would eventually span three states and over 30 locations, including three in Searcy.

What binds the DHR founders is more than just business acumen; they say it’s a shared ethos rooted in faith, hard work and community. Their journey from Sonic crew members to successful owners is a testament to their dedication and the support of their partners. They aim not just for business growth but also to nurture the next generation of leaders within their organization, including their own children and loyal crew members who’ve risen through the ranks.

WIth DHR offices in Searcy and Heber Springs, the company has expanded its horizons beyond Sonic with the Slim Chickens franchise in Mississippi and more recently in Searcy, under the leadership of Scott Davis, Cody Davis and Josh Rowden. They’ve since signed an agreement to add eight stores across Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia, according to a report by FastCasual.com. This diversification not only promises business growth but also opens doors for the dedicated individuals who form the backbone of DHR. For them, the belief that “Our People Make the Difference” isn’t just a slogan; they say it’s a guiding principle that shapes every decision and investment.


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Bryce Corporation

Bryce Corporation, a leader in the flexible packaging industry, opened its first facility in Searcy in 1976 and has grown from 30,000 square feet to 350,000 square feet in its 48-year history here.

Announced in 2022, Bryce Corporation is in the process of an $80 million expansion for a new manufacturing facility and a distribution center. This expansion, which is part of the company’s five-year strategic growth plan, will feature an investment in advanced technology and state-of-the-art process equipment.

“When we expanded our manufacturing footprint in 1976, we surveyed locations across the U.S. that had access to natural resources, a skilled workforce and distribution lanes. We found those in Searcy, Arkansas,” officials said about their decision to choose Searcy. “For nearly 50 years, Bryce Corporation has demonstrated a generational commitment to family and community. We remain grateful for the dedicated, talented team members who continuously pour their heart and soul into the business and community.”

Headquartered in Memphis, Bryce manufactures packaging products for customers in the Food, Snack, Pet Care, Household, and Health and Beauty industries.

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