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Barrel Maker Independent Stave Plans $30M Mill Near Batesville

The Missouri-based company's new facility is expected to bring 60 new jobs to the area. read more >
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Always Be Interviewing (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

It’s more important than ever to cultivate a strong pipeline of prospective employees — perhaps as important as tending to that pipeline of business. read more >
Jennifer Emerson and Bob Kucheravy 
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Jennifer Emerson, Bob Kucheravy Take On New Leadership Roles at AEDC

Emerson was named deputy director and executive vice president of operations. read more >
Jim Hudson, chief of staff of the Arkansas Commerce Department 
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Jim Hudson Named Chief of Staff at Commerce Department

Hudson previously worked for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, where he was director of strategy and operations. read more >
The Dalton-King Packaging facility in Russellville, as seen in a Google Street View image captured in 2013. 
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Russellville Startup Phoenix Innovations Announces Expansion

The company purchased the former Dalton-King Packaging facility for $1.35 million. read more >
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson with members of the Arkansas Council on Future Mobility (from left) Alan Mantooth, council chairman Cyrus Sigari, council members state Secretary of Transportation Lorie Tudor, state Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston and Canoo Inc. CEO Tony Aquila.
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Governor Sets Goals for Council on Future Mobility, Names Members

The council's work will “lay the foundation for Arkansas leadership in the transportation industry for decades to come," the governor said. read more >
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Electric Vehicle Maker Envirotech Plans Manufacturing Center in Arkansas

The facility will be the California company's first in the U.S. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (right) and Commerce Secretary Mike Preston speak to reporters on Wednesday at the governor's mansion about U.S. Steel's plans for a $3 billion steel mill in Osceola.
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Hutchinson: US Steel Project Positions Arkansas to Attract Automaker

Car manufacturers looking to cut shipping costs might take a harder look at northeast Arkansas for their next facility. read more >
An illustration of Camfil Air Pollution Control's new manufacturing facility in Jonesboro. 
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Camfil Air Pollution Control Breaks Ground on New $37M Facility

The company is another step closer to replacing a building that was destroyed by a tornado in early 2020. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives his State of the State address to the Arkansas General Assembly on Jan. 12.

Arkansas Governor Traveling to Israel on Trade Mission

It's his first economic development trip since November 2019. read more >
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When Low Bids & High Scores Lose (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

The lowest scoring but most expensive company bidding to devise a statewide broadband deployment strategy was selected in a process one competitor thinks was tailor-made for the politically connected vendor. read more >
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Construction Underway at Drax Group’s Wood Pellet Plant in Russellville

The plant is the second of three the company is building in Arkansas. read more >
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Wipro to Open $3M Center in Sherwood, Eyes 400 Jobs

Wipro Limited will open a new $3 million center in Sherwood with a goal of creating up to 400 jobs over the next two years. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson and AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston meet with officials from Sun Paper in China.
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Chinese Plans in Arkansas Face ScrutinyLock Icon

China remains a viable market for investment in and trade with Arkansas, including the state’s farmers, despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, trade officials say. read more >
Big River Steel, above, and Nucor in Mississippi County have been producing for a soaring market recently. “Steel is our single largest cost component, and the price is up more than 300% in the last 12 months,” said David Peacock, CEO of Hytrol Conveyor Co. Inc. of Jonesboro.
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Inflation: Costs, Supply Issues Put Squeeze on ManufacturersLock Icon

Raw materials, labor and fuel price increases are forcing producers to both economize and pass on the costs to customers. read more >
Denise Thomas
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Denise Thomas to Lead World Trade Center Arkansas

Denise Thomas has been named to lead the World Trade Center Arkansas, making her the first Black woman to become CEO of a World Trade Center in the United States. read more >
Steuart Walton, who is leading the governor's task force on reopening businesses, speaks at a Wednesday news conference.
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Task Force Suggests Strategies to Move Arkansas’ Economy Beyond COVID-19

Arkansas can implement a range of strategies in six key areas to guide itself out of the economic harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report commissioned by the governor's Economic Recovery Task Force. read more >
The Montgomery Point Lock and Dam at the confluence of the Mississippi and White rivers marks the entrance channel into the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.
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Biden Budget Includes $149M for Three Rivers ProjectLock Icon

President Joe Biden’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 includes $149 million for the Three Rivers Project, which officials say would prevent an economically devastating shutdown of the 50-year-old McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. read more >
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Americold to Invest $84M in Russellville Expansion, Add 30 Jobs

Americold Realty Trust of Atlanta says it will invest $84 million in an expansion of its Russellville operations, adding 30 jobs. read more >
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AEDC Awards $356K in Grants

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission Division of Rural Services awards grants totaling $356,802 to 36 Arkansas communities. read more >