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Searcy Solar, Largest Array With Storage in State, to Turn Dirt Next Month

Entergy Arkansas and NextEra Energy Resources will start construction next month on what will be the state’s largest sun power array with battery storage, a 100-megawatt plant in White County. read more >
Revolution CEO Sean Whiteley speaks Wednesday morning at an event announcing the company's plan to expand its plant at the Little Rock Port and create 60 jobs.

Revolution Announces $20M Expansion, Will Create 60 Jobs

Revolution of Little Rock, parent company of Delta Plastics of Little Rock, plans a $20 million, 36,000-SF expansion of its 100,000-SF manufacturing facility at the Little Rock Port. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics

Susannah Marshall Named State Bank Commissioner

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Susannah Marshall as the next Arkansas State Bank Department commissioner. read more >
Construction / Transportation

Cynergy Cargo 2 Opens New Crossett Plant

Cynergy Cargo 2 of Douglas, Georgia, a manufacturer of enclosed cargo trailers, marks the opening of its new facility in the Crossett Industrial Park. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Transportation

Koppers to Invest $23M in NLR Plant Expansion

Quick collaboration among state and local economic developers helped persuade Koppers Holdings Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to retain its North Little Rock plant and invest at least $23 million to expand it over the next two years. read more >
Christian Fischer
Construction / Government & Politics

Georgia-Pacific CEO: Speed, Not Variety, Key to Customers in Pandemic

Georgia-Pacific President and CEO Christian Fischer shares how the massive company has met and learned from the challenges of operating during a global pandemic. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks Tuesday during his daily briefing on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health Care

Asa Hutchinson, Others Targeted in Unemployment Fraud

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says scammers fraudulently filed on his behalf for unemployment assistance, as officials said thousands of claims have been frozen over potential fraud concerns. read more >

Fiocchi Plans Ammo Factory, 85 Jobs in Pulaski County

Fiocchi of America, the U.S. subsidiary of Italian ammunition maker Fiocchi, plans to put a factory in Pulaski County, investing $15 million in an operation that will employ 85 people. read more >
The La-Z-Boy showroom in Little Rock.
Manufacturing / Retail

La-Z-Boy Creating 125 Jobs in Siloam Springs

American furniture maker La-Z-Boy of Monroe, Michigan, is creating 125 jobs by expanding the second shift at its Siloam Springs facility. read more >
Government & Politics

Ozark Awarded $1.9M ARC Grant for Broadband Deployment

The city of Ozark, in partnership with Pinnacle Telecom, has received a $1.9 million Arkansas Rural Connect grant to deploy fiber internet to homes there. read more >
SCA Pharmaceuticals of Little Rock.
Construction / Health Care / Manufacturing / Real Estate

SCA Pharma Announces $10M Airport Expansion

SCA Pharmaceuticals of Little Rock, which makes sterile pharmaceuticals for hospital pharmacies and health care facilities throughout the country, says it will expand its operations in Little Rock. read more >
The world’s largest natural gas-to-liquid-fuel facility is this $18 billion plant in Qatar, Pearl GTL, a partnership between Shell Global and Qatar Petroleum.
Construction / Education / Energy / Investments / Real Estate / Transportation

Fervor Burns On for $3.5B Gas-to-Liquid PlantLock Icon

Roger Williams’ eight-year path to his dream — a $3.5 billion plant to make ultra-clean diesel near the banks of the Arkansas River — is intersecting with a quite literal road, perhaps the state’s sturdiest. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

Fairfield Bay Earns $1.57M ARC Grant for Broadband Deployment

Fairfield Bay, in partnership with Arkansas Telephone Co., has received a $1.57 million Arkansas Rural Connect grant to deploy fiber internet to homes there. It’s the first such grant to be awarded. read more >
Signode's Fordyce facility at 300 S. Edgar St.
Manufacturing / Transportation

Signode to Expand, Create 31 Jobs in Fordyce

Transit packaging manufacturer Signode Industrial Group LLC of Glenview, Illinois, announced Thursday that it will expand its operations in Fordyce and create 31 full-time jobs over the next year. read more >
Manufacturing / Public Companies

Gerber Investing $30M in Fort Smith Expansion, Will Create 50 Jobs

Gerber Products Co. said late Wednesday that it will invest $30 million in a new product line that will create 50 jobs at its Fort Smith facility. read more >
A screenshot of the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services' Pandemic Unemployment Assistance website at pua.arkansas.gov.
Government & Politics / Insurance / Legal / Media & Marketing

State Confirms Insurance Claim in Web ‘Breach’Lock Icon

Arkansas officials confirmed last week that the state filed an insurance claim in a May 15 website security lapse that exposed sensitive data on 30,000 Arkansans seeking pandemic unemployment benefits. read more >
State Sens. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, and Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis, say borrowing from the U.S. Department of Labor to pay claims is an option.
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Government & Politics / Insurance

Arkansas Unemployment Fund Stable, but WorrisomeLock Icon

The state’s unemployment fund was in the best of shape before the pandemic and is still healthy, but politicians and community leaders are worried it will be depleted by early 2021 if the economy does not bounce back as expected. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

AEDC, School Partners Win $20M Grant For Data Analytics Project

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Science and Technology, along with the nine colleges and universities it’s partnered with, recently won a $20 million grant to be awarded over five years. read more >
Charisse Childers

DWS to Lawmakers: Aging System, Quick Work Contributed to PUA Problems

An aging unemployment system and a desire to get money to unemployed people quickly contributed to problems with the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance rollout in Arkansas, DWS leaders say. read more >
Small Business

Commerce Department Shares List of ‘Ready for Business’ Grant Recipients

The Arkansas Department of Commerce on Tuesday released a spreadsheet of the 10,537 businesses that have been approved for Arkansas Ready for Business grants totaling more than $115 million. read more >