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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 >
The would-be site of the now canceled Sun Paper project.
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Sun Paper Cancels Long-Delayed $1.8B Clark County Project

The Chinese company behind the planned $1.8 billion Sun Paper plant in Clark County has officially canceled the project, Arkansas economic developers confirmed Monday. read more >
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Sun Paper Project in Doubt as Arkadelphia Site Is Groomed for Other Prospects

The Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance announced on Facebook that it's preparing to market a 1,000-acre industrial property described as "the former Sun Bio site." read more >
Anna Tucker Ashton, a Little Rock native who serves as senior director of government affairs at the U.S.-China Business Council, speaks Thursday at a workshop on the U.S.-China trade dispute hosted by the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses.
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Anna Tucker Ashton Talks China Trade, Risks and Opportunities

Anna Tucker Ashton, senior director of government affairs at the U.S.-China Business Council, spoke to Arkansas Business on Friday about the trade war and its effects here. read more >
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ADEQ Approves Air Permit for Sun Paper Mill in Clark County

Arkansas environmental officials have approved an air permit for a Chinese company's $1.8 billion paper mill that has been delayed by President Donald Trump's trade dispute with China. read more >
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Timber CEO: Georgia-Pacific Closures to Range Far and Wide in Arkansas

Georgia-Pacific's announced plan to close its bleached board operations in Crossett will have a ripple effect across Arkansas' forest products industry, Steve Anthony, CEO of Anthony Timberlands Inc., told Arkansas Business. read more >
Shandong Ruyi Technology Group  of China is converting Forrest City’s old Sanyo TV plant, covering 1.4 million SF, into a cotton yarn mill. The factory will have the capacity to consume the state’s entire annual cotton crop.
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Mike Preston: Forrest City Yarn Factory on Hold Amid Trade Fight

Two major economic development projects in Arkansas are caught up in the trade fight between the United States and China, and one is now on hold, Arkansas' economic development office said Monday. read more >
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Sun Bio Begins Permit Process Second Time with New Product

The Sun Bio Materials project in Clark County has emerged from a period of halting progress with a new profile expected to increase investment, employment and wood consumption. read more >
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The Problem With Patience (Editorial)

We have a question for President Donald Trump: Which is more important, defeating countries like China in a trade war or a booming U.S. economy? read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson and AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston meet with officials from Sun Paper in China.
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As Trade Battle Rages, Arkadelphia Waits, Worries

The threat of a full-blown trade war has delayed the $1 billion Sun Paper project near Arkadelphia and prompted Gov. Asa Hutchinson to send his top economic development official to China to make sure it stays on track. read more >
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Asa Hutchinson: Sun Paper to Be Exempt From Tariffs

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says newly imposed tariffs by the Trump administration shouldn't affect plans for a new Chinese-owned paper mill in the state. read more >
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Sun Paper Gets Bigger: Now $1.8B, Plant to Employ 350

Shandong Sun Paper Industry says it will pile an additional $500 million and 100 jobs into its planned Sun Bio Products plant in Clark County. The company said the plant will now make linerboard, which is one of two types of paper that make up corrugated board. read more >
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Connections Count (Editorial)

Reach out, friends, to others. You'll never know what you can accomplish before breakfast. read more >
Matthew Pelkki, chairman of the School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello,  calls Canadian investment good for the state.
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Arkansas Timber Rides Wave Of DemandLock Icon

This year’s hurricanes are likely to boost Arkansas’ timber industry, which was already experiencing a surge of new investment. read more >
Dissolving pulp produced at the Sun Bio plant will be shipped and further processed into viscose fiber to make rayon fabric.
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Final Permitting Near for Sun Bio Pulp MillLock Icon

Construction could start late this year on the billion-dollar Sun Bio Material pulp mill near Gum Springs. But the building process for the sprawling Clark County complex is expected to begin in earnest early next year. read more >
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Construction Planned for Next Spring for Arkadelphia Pulp Mill

Construction is expected to begin in March for a planned $1 billion pulp mill in south Arkansas. read more >
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Arkadelphia Is Costly Clog for Truckers

Arkadelphia sits on Interstate 30 and Highway 7 and has a total of only 83 highway miles within its metropolitan area. Its truck traffic problems are well known and will undoubtedly get worse after Shandong Sun Paper Industry opens a $1.3 billion pulp mill plant in a few years. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, meeting with reporters last week ahead of the legislative session.
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Asa Hutchinson: Arkansas Leads Nation in Foreign Direct Investment

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, speaking at the Arkansas Delta Conference, said Arkansas leads the nation in foreign direct investment. read more >
Mike Preston
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Chinese Company to Invest $5M in Pet Treat Plant in Danville

Pet Won Pet Products of Taian City, Shandong Province, China plans to invest $5 million to put a pet treats manufacturing facility in Danville, creating 70 jobs. read more >
Mike Preston
Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Chinese Garment Manufacturer Made First Move on Arkansas

Suzhou Industrial Park Tianyuan Garment Co., the company spending $20 million to open a garment plant in Little Rock late next year, made the first move on Arkansas in December 2015. read more >