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Committee Recommends Approval of $150M for Broadband Grants

The governor’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Steering Committee late Wednesday voted to recommend that the governor approve $150 million in federal funding for broadband deployment grants. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

L’Oréal Announces $12M Expansion

L’Oréal USA announces a $12 million-plus expansion of its North Little Rock plant that will create 45 full-time jobs and increase production for all its brands. read more >
Mark Conine
Banking & Finance / Real Estate

Mark Conine to Lead ADFA

Mark Conine is the new president of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, a division of the state Department of Commerce. read more >
Despite an eventful past year, Structurlam’s 288,000-SF facility in Conway will begin making cross-laminated timber products in June.
Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services / Construction / Public Companies / Retail

Structurlam’s Conway Facility Ready to Log InLock Icon

Mass timber production in Conway is on schedule and ready to deliver for Walmart and other customers. read more >
Katherine Gentry Andrews
Government & Politics / Real Estate / Small Business

AEDC Launches New Division Led by Katherine Andrews

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission establishes a new Small Business and Entrepreneurship Division and named Katherine Andrews to lead it. read more >
Government & Politics / Investments / Nonprofits / Small Business

Winrock, AEDC Launch Online Hub for Opportunity Zones

Winrock International and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission launch Opportunity Arkansas, a website with information about investing in Opportunity Zones. read more >
Manufacturing

CoorsTek Announces $9M Benton Expansion, Creation of 50 Jobs

Ceramics maker CoorsTek Inc. announces a $9 million expansion of its 230,000-SF manufacturing facility in Benton that will create 50 jobs. read more >
Donnie King
Agriculture & Poultry / Public Companies

Tyson Foods to Invest $48M in Pine Bluff Plant Expansion

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale says it will invest $48 million to expand its Pine Bluff poultry plant and add 70 jobs. read more >
Business Services / Construction / Manufacturing / Restaurants & Food

Cypress Cold Storage Opens $13M Expansion, Creates 30 Jobs

Cypress Cold Storage, a provider of temperature-controlled warehouse space and services for the food sector, announces the grand opening of a $13 million expansion at its Maumelle facility. read more >

FiberPro Plans $3M Expansion, 69 New Jobs in Hot Springs

FiberPro LLC of Hot Springs announces plans to expand its manufacturing facility there, investing more than $3.1 million and creating 69 jobs over three years. read more >
Education / Manufacturing

Anchor Packaging Starts $21.5M Paragould Expansion

Foodservice packaging manufacturer Anchor Packaging LLC broke ground Tuesday on the $21.5 million, 90,000-SF expansion to its plant in Paragould that will create 45 new jobs over the next 2.5 years. read more >
Esperanza Massana-Crane, the state’s new director of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise, says a hate crimes bill is necessary for Arkansas, a stand also held by her boss, Commerce Secretary Mike Preston, and his boss, Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
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The Costs of a Hateful ImageLock Icon

Senate Bill 3, commonly known as the “hate crimes bill,” boils down to a crucial chance to burnish Arkansas’ image and remove a hurdle to recruiting companies and workers, government officials and business leaders say. read more >

Dansons USA to Open Plant in Hope, Create 50-100 Jobs

Dansons USA announced Wednesday that it will open the country’s largest barbecue wood pellet mill and distribution center, and create 50-100 jobs there over the next three years. read more >
Mike Preston
Government & Politics

State Reopens PUA System for Out-of-Work Arkansans

The state’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance system reopened after undergoing changes mandated by the federal Continued Assistance Act (CAA) that Congress approved in December. read more >
Esperanza Massana-Crane
Media & Marketing

Massana-Crane to ‘Create Opportunity’ as New MWOBE Chief

Esperanza Massana-Crane is named as the new director of the state’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Division. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Governor’s Order Protects Employers From Unemployment Insurance Increase

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an executive order on Dec. 29 that provides relief to employers by excluding unemployment claims during the second quarter of 2020 in the calculation of employer UI tax rates. read more >
Retail

Carvana Opens $40M Facility in West Memphis, to Create 400 Jobs

State and local officials joined Carvana of Tempe, Arizona, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday to mark the grand opening of the company’s $40 million vehicle inspection and distribution center in West Memphis. read more >
Brian Rosenthal, 200th anniversary chairman, member and immediate past president of the Arkansas Bar Association, speaks at Monday's celebration of the Rose Law Firm's 200th anniversary.
Education / Legal / Nonprofits

Rose Law Firm Marks 200th Anniversary with $200K in Donations

Rose Law Firm, a full service business law firm with locations in Little Rock and Fayetteville, celebrated its 200th anniversary Sunday with the announcement of a $200,000 philanthropic initiative. read more >
Construction

WeWork Labs Will Launch in Northwest Arkansas

WeWork Labs of New York City will hold a launch for its northwest Arkansas program Oct. 29 in Bentonville. read more >
Emerson acquired the former Cherokee Frame facility in Ash Flat and plans to transform it into a new plant that will make products for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing industries.

Emerson to Open $35M Ash Flat Plant, Create 245 Jobs

Global technology and engineering company Emerson of St. Louis plans to open a new facility in Ash Flat (Sharp County), invest $35 million there and create about 245 jobs over the next four years. read more >