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A History Lesson in Drilling

Robert Reynolds gives a living history of the oil and gas industry in south Arkansas, where the roots of his pioneer family reach back six generations. read more >
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A Gusher for an Era of EVs?Lock Icon

The lithium race, like the boom that followed drillers striking oil in the Smackover Formation a century ago, could transform Magnolia, El Dorado and the entire region. read more >
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Lithium Boom: Magnolia Gets Ready for the RushLock Icon

South Arkansas offers advantages beyond its mineral-rich underground water, Standard Lithium Ltd. CEO Robert Mintak says. read more >

Preliminary Study Foresees $1.27B Standard Lithium Project in Arkansas

Standard Lithium announces results from its preliminary study of the feasibility of a $1.27 billion lithium production project in southwest Arkansas. read more >
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A Foothold in a New Industry (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Another encouraging sign that a new industry could be at hand in south Arkansas. read more >
Workers at an Albemarle Corp. plant in Magnolia.
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Albemarle to Invest $540M in Magnolia Expansion

The company expects the project to create 250 construction jobs and a result in a 15% increase in total jobs at the two facilities. read more >
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Galvanic, Another Prospector, Finds Lode of Lithium in Arkansas Brine

The trove may hold enough lithium to produce batteries for 50 million electric cars, Galvanic President & CEO Brent Wilson told Arkansas Business. read more >
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Lithium Project Expands in Arkansas, With Murphy Oil Keeping Watch

While Standard Lithium expanding its reach for brine in South Arkansas, Murphy Oil Corp. is noting that it also has brine fields near El Dorado, but no active plans to exploit them. read more >
Robert Mintak, CEO of Standard Lithium Ltd.

Remote From Canada, a Cheerleader for Arkansas Lithium

Robert Mintak, the crisp and precise CEO of Standard Lithium LLC, has been on a public relations tour that’s anything but standard, promoting south Arkansas’ lithium resources from 3,500 miles away. read more >
A Standard Lithium analytical chemist performs real-time tests on samples at the dedicated lab attached to the demonstration lithium extraction plant in El Dorado.

Lithium Projects Progress in South Arkansas

South Arkansas’ dreams for a high-tech lithium mining industry are looking more real this month, with a Canadian company starting designs for a large-scale commercial extraction plant. read more >
Angela McGraw, executive director of Women & Children First: The Center Against Family Violence in Little Rock, with AT&T Arkansas President Ronnie Dedman (left) and Arkansas Business Publisher Mitch Bettis after winning the Nonprofit Organization of the Year award.
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Sowell, Freeman Named Top Execs; Fowler Gets Legacy Award at Business of the Year Event

Bill Sowell of Sowell Management and Larry Freeman of Synergy Saturday Inc. won executive of the year awards, and Wallace Fowler was honored for his lifetime of leadership at the 32nd annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. read more >
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New Method of Extracting Lithium Makes El Dorado a Golden ProspectLock Icon

There’s something in the water in south Arkansas, and a Canadian company is moving in with a new way to get it out, and eventually into cellphone batteries, laptop computers and electric cars. read more >