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$3.7B Gas to Liquid Plant Strides ForwardLock Icon

The revised projected capital investment would make it the largest single industrial endeavor in state history. Construction could start as early as 2025, with commercial operations following in 2029, if all goes well. read more >
Manufacturing / Public Companies

Tyson Foods Closes $200M Acquisition of Williams Sausage

The company, based in Union City, Tennessee, supplies 4,000 retail outlets and foodservice customers in 20 states. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Public Companies

Tyson Foods Acquires Tennessee Sausage Company

Family-owned Williams Sausage Co. Inc. of Union City employs about 500 people. read more >
A fuel plant similar to the planned $3.5 billion ultra-clean diesel plant near Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Construction / Energy

GTL Plan Moves Forward With $4M RoadLock Icon

After years of preparations, all authorities say the biggest economic development project in Arkansas history is on still on the road to becoming a reality. read more >
A fuel plant similar to the planned $3.5 billion ultra-clean diesel plant near Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Construction / Energy / Real Estate

Huge Gas-to-Liquid Fuel Project Ramps Up Again in Jefferson County

Developers say COVID-19 delayed the project, but a new timeline has been set to complete the next major steps. read more >
Roger Williams, CEO of Energy Security Partners, says his company's plan to build a 
diesel plant such as the one shown above is moving ahead in Jefferson County.
Construction / Energy / Manufacturing

Energy Security Partners Plans Look ForwardLock Icon

Rising oil prices have lifted hopes for a $3.5 billion plant to turn natural gas into liquid fuel in Jefferson County. read more >
Wes Clark
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Investments

Wes Clark Looks for GTL CashLock Icon

Gen. Wesley Clark, the retired four-star general from Little Rock and a former candidate for president, is looking for a few good millions. 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.
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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 >
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Arkansas Industries Attempt to Divine The Post-Pandemic FutureLock Icon

Some, like the hospitality industry, are bracing for a long, slow return to pre-COVID vitality. Others, like the energy sector, see a quicker recovery after the early swoon. Some trends seem baked into expectations, like reliance on home-based employees and the technology they use. read more >
Roger Williams
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Roger Williams Waxes PhilosophicalLock Icon

Roger Williams was on the phone with a reporter, discussing COVID-19, the energy industry’s future, and his own plans as CEO of Energy Security Partners to build the state’s largest economic development project ever. But first, a sidetrack into semantics. read more >
Roger Williams, CEO of Energy Security Partners, says his company's plan to build a 
diesel plant such as the one shown above is moving ahead in Jefferson County.
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Energy Security Partners Plant Still in WorksLock Icon

The GTL project, touted as the biggest economic endeavor ever in Arkansas, has naturally had its skeptics. read more >
Rodney Slater, former secretary of transportation, gives an interview at the Supply Chain Management Research Center at the UA’s Sam Walton College of Business in Fayetteville.
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Rodney Slater Says $30M Investment ‘Shot in the Arm’ for Pine Bluff PlantLock Icon

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater was in Arizona for Sen. John McCain’s memorials last week, but he took time to telephone Whispers about the $3.5 billion gas-to-liquid fuel plant project he’s involved with near Pine Bluff. read more >
Roger Williams
Construction / Energy / Investments

Gas-to-Liquid Plant Near Pine Bluff Takes Major Financing Step

With a $30 million investment commitment from the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, plans to build a $3.5 billion plant to turn natural gas into refined liquid fuel near Pine Bluff reached a significant landmark this week. read more >
Roger Williams, CEO of Energy Security Partners, says his company's plan to build a 
diesel plant such as the one shown above is moving ahead in Jefferson County.
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Energy Security Partners CEO: Vision of Pine Bluff GTL Plant AliveLock Icon

Roger Williams’ vision to put a $3.7 billion gas-to-liquid fuel plant in Jefferson County has him arguing in two directions: convincing some people that the largest economic development project in state history can realistically happen, and explaining to others why it’s not happening quicker. read more >
Roger Williams
Construction / Energy / Manufacturing

ESP Confirms Jefferson County Site For $3B Project, Citing Easement Success

CEO Roger Williams says Energy Security Partners has selected land in Jefferson County as its final and official site for a $3 billion-plus plant to convert natural gas into diesel and other liquid fuels. Williams said the final piece of the puzzle was acquisition of an easement allowing river access. read more >
Construction / Energy / Manufacturing / Real Estate

Cajun Cajoling Adds Fuel to Energy Security Speculation

Although Energy Security Partners CEO Roger D. Williams has said that “all indications are that Jefferson County will be our home,” he also hasn’t expressly ruled out other sites, either. read more >
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Energy Security Partners CEO Says Fuel Plant ‘Not a Risky Project’

Tell Roger Williams that a multibillion-dollar plant for turning natural gas into liquid fuel near Pine Bluff sounds too good to be true, and he’ll turn to history, engineering and finance to argue it’s too good not to be. read more >
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Despite First Steps, ESP’s Jefferson County Fuel Factory Not Set in Stone

Jefferson County taxpayers have picked up the tab for nearly $3 million worth of land, and Energy Security Partners has signed a lease, but the plant site is still not quite a done deal, according to CEO Roger Williams. read more >
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Big Stipulations from Energy Security Partners Gets Cheap Lease on Land

So how do you get a 10-year lease on a big chunk of land and pay just $10 a year in rent? If the $100 deal between Energy Security Partners LLC and the Economic Development Corp. of Jefferson County is any indication, you have to make some big promises. read more >
Rodney Slater and Wes Clark
Construction / Energy / Manufacturing

Energy Security Partners Signs Land Lease for Jefferson County Fuel Plant

A site near Pine Bluff has won the competition to become home to a multibillion-dollar plant for turning natural gas into liquid fuel, economic development officials say. read more >