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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 >
The Danfoss facility at 1 Scroll Drive near Gum Springs.

Danfoss to Close Arkadelphia Plant by Year’s End, Affecting 170 Workers

Danfoss Commercial Compressors says it will close its Arkadelphia plant by the end of the year, affecting 170 employees. read more >
Government & Politics

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 >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Real Estate / Transportation

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 >
Agriculture & Poultry / Construction / Manufacturing

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.
Construction / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

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 >
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 >
Construction / Manufacturing

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 >

Sales Tax Funds Incentive for Danfoss Development in Clark County

Through a program made possible by a half-cent county sales tax, the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County awarded $60,000 in May to Danfoss for moving a production line from Mexico to Arkadelphia. read more >
The cooling room at the Arkadelphia plant producing Hillstern Farms’ ShunTuJee chicken.
Agriculture & Poultry / Restaurants & Food

Specialty Chicken Roosts In Southwest Arkansas

A poultry company outside Arkadelphia has partnered with several southwest Arkansas counties to hatch, grow and process a “specialty chicken” popular in Asian markets across the western United States. read more >
Mitch Bettis
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The Glass Is Half Full (Mitch Bettis Publisher’s Note)

Arkansans and Americans in general seem to be feeling blue these days. Maybe a deluge of negative political advertising bludgeoned us into sadness. Perhaps I’m a “glass half-full” guy because I keep noticing that, nationally and within Arkansas, there are positive economic indicators. read more >
Government & Politics / Tourism

Duck Hunting: Popular Sport Turns Migrant Pests Into Profit

Duck hunting permits in Arkansas neared the 100,000 mark in 2003, but the sport is still dwarfed in popularity by deer hunting — an annual pastime for some 300,000 Arkansans. read more >