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Armstrong, left, and Brown announced the first tenant in their new e-commerce park in Jonesboro in May. Hytrol Conveyor Co. Inc.’s 150,000-SF warehouse is scheduled for completion in the spring.
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New E-Commerce Park to Meet Major Manufacturing Needs in Northeast ArkansasLock Icon

Jonesboro answers calls for space with new hub, a 263-acre logistics, warehousing and digital fulfillment center. read more >
Mixed-use Southern Hills is east of U.S. 49 (Southwest Drive) where it meets Interstate 555.
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Developers Plan New Gateway to JonesboroLock Icon

A 175-acre mixed-use development called Southern Hills is taking shape in southwest Jonesboro as developers court a large retail anchor tenant and plan to wrap up infrastructure work there within a few weeks. read more >
Ritter Communications CEO Alan Morse speaks at the one-year anniversary of the company's $8 million data storage center on Oct. 14, 2021.
Business Services

Ritter Communications Shows Off $8M Data Center in Jonesboro

It's been one year since the $8 million center opened. read more >
A rendering of the Gearhead Outfitters store set to open by the end of the year inside the former Sears building that is part of The Uptown development in Jonesboro.
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Commercial Projects Flourish in Jonesboro

The Uptown retail project attracts tenants displaced by March 2020 tornado. read more >

OMB Abandons Change That Would Have Downgraded Some MSAs

Arkansas cities that feared economic repercussions from a proposed statistical change need worry no longer; that plan has been abandoned by the federal Office of Management & Budget. read more >
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Recommended MSA Change Upsets Some Arkansas Cities

Four Arkansas cities and their surrounding areas face demotion and possible economic repercussions if a proposed statistical change is adopted by the federal Office of Management & Budget. read more >
Nestlé USA production facility at 1 Nestle Way in Jonesboro.
Construction / Restaurants & Food

Nestlé USA Plans $100M Expansion in Jonesboro

Nestlé USA says it will invest more than $100 million to expand its production facility in Jonesboro and hire at least 100 new employees over the next two years. read more >
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$2.5M Grant Will Expand ‘Landlocked’ Storage at Jonesboro Tech Park

Jonesboro received two grants totaling $2.5 million to install a new rail storage facility near the Craighead Technology Park that will benefit manufacturers by giving them greater capacity to move products. read more >
Joshua H. Brown 
Principal of Haag Brown Commercial Real Estate & Development of Jonesboro
Real Estate / Small Business

Jonesboro Economy Keeps Distance From Pandemic Woes

After a few months of dormancy, Jonesboro's economy is getting up to speed as business owners and developers use unexpected savings, federal stimulus money and assistance programs to build, enhance and improve. read more >
The Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro.
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Tenants Wait to Take Jonesboro Mall’s Measure

While Arkansas’ phased, reopening of businesses is underway, tenants of the storm-ravaged Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro are trying to figure out where their businesses are going to be. read more >
Mark Young
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Jonesboro Rallies Diverse Economy To Battle Pandemic Pressures

“Just like communities all across the United States, we’re certainly not immune to the challenges that the COVID virus presented,” Mark Young of Jonesboro Unlimited told Arkansas Business. read more >
Heifei Risever Machinery Co. Ltd officials, along with state and local leaders, cut the ribbon for the company's new plant in Jonesboro.

Ribbon Cutting Held for $20M Risever Plant in Jonesboro

Hefei Risever Machinery Co. Ltd officials, joined by state and local leaders, held a ribbon cutting Wednesday for its new $20 million-plus, 125,000-SF Jonesboro plant in the Craighead Technology Park. read more >
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Craighead County Jobs Growth Outperforms Nation, State

Economic development leaders in Jonesboro welcomed a report showing robust job growth in Craighead County, but they hope it's just a signpost on the way to even better numbers. read more >
Mark Young and William “Goose” Changose, boardmembers of the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses.
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Young, Changose Named to Asian Business Board (NEA Movers & Shakers)

Mark Young and William “Goose” Changose have joined the board of directors of the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses. read more >
Mark Young
Manufacturing / Real Estate

Permit Spike Reflects Jonesboro’s Growth Heading Into 2019

Propelled by a handful of large commercial projects, the number of building permits in the city nearly doubled in 2018, with the total value of residential and commercial permits coming in near $288 million. read more >
Lounges and lecture halls, such as the one shown above, at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith are connected with more than 45 miles of high-definition cable.
Construction / Health Care

Arkansas Osteopathic Colleges Line Up StudentsLock Icon

The two new osteopathic medical schools in Arkansas are being flooded with applications from students who want to be doctors. read more >
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Jonesboro Welcomes $20 Million Risever PlantLock Icon

Risever's $20 million 125,000-SF facility in Jonesboro, which will create 130 jobs, will be its first outside of China. read more >
Mark Young
Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services / Health Care / Manufacturing / Transportation

Momentum Jonesboro Campaign Cites Gains In Health Care, Manufacturing

Jonesboro Unlimited, a nonprofit economic development partnership, says a five-year strategic plan to create high-paying jobs is showing results. read more >
Mark Young
Agriculture & Poultry / Education / Health Care / Manufacturing

Some Northeast Arkansas Cities See Record Growth in 2017

Communities in northeast Arkansas saw record growth in 2017, including sales tax revenue and employment gains across the region. read more >
A production worker at Hytrol, the world’s top manufacturer of conveyors, according to President David Peacock. “The two larger material-handling equipment suppliers are larger because they do other things,” he said.
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Jonesboro Area? It Conveys EverythingLock Icon

Smack in the middle of a business surge driven by the e-commerce revolution sits Jonesboro and northeast Arkansas, the little-known conveyor capital of the United States. read more >