March 12, 2014 Edition

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Peco plant to provide
jobs to area residents



Gov. Mike Beebe (left) and Peco CEO Mark Hickman announce that the company will provide 1,000 jobs when it locates in Randolph and Clay counties.

After nearly a year of due diligence, negotiations, planning and rumors, Peco Foods announced on Monday morning they are coming to Northeast Arkansas, and bringing 1,000 jobs with them. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and Peco President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Hickman made the announcement.

The Tuscaloosa-based poultry manufacturer announced in a press conference at the State Capitol in Little Rock, they would invest $165 million to build a fully-integrated processing plant and hatchery in Pocahontas, and a feed mill in Corning. The Pocahontas facility will be located on the east side of Hwy. 67, between Walnut Ridge and Pocahontas, just north of Hwy. 90 and the Shannon community.
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Work continues on county policy

The Lawrence County Quorum Court further discussed changes to the county personnel policy at Monday's meeting. Justice Junior Briner informed the court that the committee has been reviewing the policy alongside policies from other counties to best determine what to change.
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Airport Commission renews lease

Airport commissioners discussed real estate taxes, runway lighting and a new lease with Black River Technical College at their meeting on Monday.
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Chamber effort starts with rail-trail cleanup

The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce's Community Revitalization and Beautification Committee held its first Day of Service on March 1.
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NEARIFA invests in new WR business

The Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority approved the investment of $5,000 to assist Walnut Ridge in securing a new business that will be located near the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport this spring.
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