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May 28, 2024
Arkansas Business: The Mississippi County Success Story

Clif Chitwood, CEO and president of the Great River Economic Development Foundation, shares Mississippi County's magic playbook for industrial recruitment.


May 20, 2024
Arkansas Business: Investing in Students’ Futures With ANC President Christopher Heigle

In this Executive Q&A, Dr. Chris Heigle shares how Arkansas Northeastern College is recruiting students, building industry partnerships and ensuring the highest first-year pay for graduates in the state.

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May 8, 2024
Commercial Appeal: Le Bonheur unveils completed $95M expansion, featuring cutting-edge medical technology

With a snip of a thick, red ribbon, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital officially opened a state-of-the-art, $95 million expansion that ups the hospital's intensive care capacity and features technology that will position the hospital as one of few worldwide boasting innovative technology for young patients with cardiac complications.

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April 22, 2024
Arkansas Business: Monument to Survival—Blytheville Museum to Tell Cold War’s Story

When complete, the National Cold War Center will be a “hub of heritage tourism," telling the story of “nuclear deterrence” during a time our country faced the ever-growing threat of annihilation.

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April 18, 2024
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Maker of steel pipes, tubes plans $120M investment in northeast Arkansas facility

Chicago-based Zekelman Industries, North America's largest manufacturer of steel tubes and pipes, is investing up to $120 million to expand a Mississippi County factory and for products made by a subsidiary, Atlas Tube.


March 14, 2024
Arkansas Money & Politics: The Changing Landscape Of Higher Ed

Our client, Arkansas Northeastern College, is a model for how two-year institutions can tailor programs to meet industry needs and help fuel our state's economic growth.

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March 14, 2024
Arkansas Money & Politics: Lenore Trammell, Iron Sharpens Iron

Congratulations to our client, Lenore Trammell of Big River Steel, on being named to Arkansas Money & Politics 2024 C-Suite.


February 29, 2024
Soiree: 5 Tenets of Fostering Team Leadership Skills

Dr. Karla Neathery, president of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators offer her advice for how to be a successful leader.


February 28, 2024
Soiree: 6 Signs You May Need a Caregiver

Quincy Hurst, COO of Superior Senior Care, shares tips about how to determine if or when a loved one might need a caregiver.


February 16, 2024
2024 Arkansas Money & Politics Fifty Over 50

Congratulations to our very own Julie Mullenix, attorney and lobbyist, on this well-deserved recognition from Arkansas Money & Politics.

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February 16, 2024
AMP Top 10: Oaklawn’s Eric Jackson, A Good Run

Having been a part of Oaklawn for more than a third of its 120-year history, senior vice president, board of directors member and Arkansas Business Hall of Famer Eric Jackson has been an integral part of those transformations, both old and new.


February 13, 2024
KARK: Five Arkansas employers among best in America, according to Forbes

Congratulations to our long-time client, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, on once again making Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Midsize Employers."

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February 5, 2024
Arkansas Business: Stephanie White Named CEO of the Arkansas Realtors Association

Stephanie White has been named chief executive officer of the Arkansas Realtors Association of Little Rock, one of the state’s largest associations.


December 4, 2023
Arkansas Business: Arlington Hotel Sees $30M Renovation

Work to return the historic Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs to its former glory has progressed in ways that even casual passersby can’t help but notice.

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December 4, 2023
Arkansas Business: Investing in Arkansas Steel, with Global Principal Partners' David Stickler

As David Stickler of our client Hybar LLC said in this Executive Q&A, "Arkansas is clearly open for business, especially the steel business."


November 12, 2023
Talk Business & Politics: National Cold War Center will tell Cold War story ‘in totality’

Congratulations to our client on receiving one of the 2023 Northeast Arkansas Outstanding Business of the Year Awards!

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October 24, 2023
Pine Bluff Commercial: Highland Pellets' parent company to rebrand, head Fiber Resources

Highland LLC is expanding its footprint in Pine Bluff to meet the rapidly growing demand for renewable power generation by acquiring Fiber Resources. It will now operate as Highland FR.

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October 16, 2023
KAIT: Arkansas AG donates $500,000 to National Cold War Center

The National Cold War Center in Blytheville will receive half a million dollars from the Arkansas Attorney General's office.


October 13, 2023
Talk Business & Politics: New steel line opens at Big River facility in Osceola

The world is changing, US Steel president and CEO Dave Burritt said, and perhaps it is no more evident than in the new line that can produce the thinnest gauges, widest widths and biggest coils in the domestic steel market today.


October 5, 2023
Talk Business & Politics: Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield announces $5.9 million for youth behavioral health

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas is donating more than $5.9 million to five Arkansas organizations to address child and adolescent mental health, suicide and substance abuse issues.


September 5, 2023
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Blytheville exhibition part of greater museum effort underway

BAFB's five galleries are a warm-up act for the planned National Cold War Center. Its indoor-outdoor complex is targeted to open here in 2027 as another potentially major Arkansas visitor attraction.


August 24, 2023
Talk Business & Politics: Lexicon partners with ANC for workforce advancement programs

Lexicon, Inc. has entered into a partnership with Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC) to expand a level two maintenance mechanics course for employees.

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August 20, 2023
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette High Profile: Republican Ted Mullenix built his career in dark blue Garland County

Whether it was rural labor during his childhood or the challenge of taking office as the first Republican in Garland County since Reconstruction, Ted Mullenix was undaunted by hard work.


August 9, 2023
KARK: Jefferson County official talks economic impact of a new plant set to bring over 200 jobs

One of the largest industrial projects in Arkansas is being completed in Jefferson County, bringing more than 200 new jobs and hoping to bring economic stability.


August 4, 2023
A Look Back at the 2021 Dancing With Our Stars Gala

In honor of Dancing With Our Stars on September 7, we’re sharing a throwback video of Ted Mullenix, 2021 Mirror Ball winner and 2023 event co-chair.

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August 2, 2023
Hybar Begins Construction on Steel Rebar Mill in Northeast Arkansas

A newly formed company, Hybar LLC, announced that it has started construction on its technologically advanced, environmentally sustainable scrap metal recycling steel rebar mill project.


August 1, 2023
Arkansas Money & Politics: Arkansas BCBS Among Best Employers for Women in US

For the second year in a row, Forbes magazine has listed Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield among the nation’s Best Employers for Women.


July 17, 2023
Mullenix & Associates Attends Local Railroads of Arkansas Annual Meeting

Mullenix & Associates is honored to represent the Local Railroads of Arkansas and highlight its positive economic impact on the state.


July 10, 2023
Arkansas Business: Mississippi County Rebuilds on Steel

Mississippi County has seen its revenue jump in recent years thanks to the steel industry. Now government officials hope people will start moving to the county and reverse a longtime decline in population.


July 10, 2023
Arkansas Business: With $3B New Mill, Big River Still Rising

Big River Steel in Osceola is firing up a $450 million electrical steel line early in the third quarter, making thin steel sheets for industrial motors and EV engines. It’s also continuing work on a new $3 billion plant, Big River 2, that owner U.S. Steel describes as one of the most advanced steel mills in the world.


June 26, 2023
Children's Tumor Foundation: Little Rock Celebrities Hit the Stage at the Wally Allen Ballroom for ‘Dancing with Our Stars’ Gala

Hosted by the Children’s Tumor Foundation, this year’s Dancing with Our Stars on September 7 is co-chaired by Ted and Julie Mullinex.

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May 15, 2023
Arkansas Business: National Cold War Center Gets $500K Grant From Scenic Byways Program

The National Cold War Center in Blytheville announced it has received a $500,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways program, in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Transportation.


April 12, 2023
Arkansas Money & Politics: National Cold War Museum Planned for Old Eaker Air Force Base

Plans for a multimillion-dollar museum of the Cold War era — during which the Eaker Air Force Base once served — are viewed as signs of hope and prosperity.

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April 6, 2023
Arkansas Money & Politics: No Recess Yet- A Mid-Session Capitol Recap

Austin Grinder, Mullenix & Associates attorney and lobbyist, shares a mid-session legislative update.


February 28, 2023
Talk Business & Politics: Arkansas awards $400,000 to National Cold War Center in Blytheville

Our client, the National Cold War Center, has received a $400,000 grant from the Division of Arkansas Heritage Cultural Institutions Trust Fund.


February 16, 2023
Arkansas Business: Big River Steel Lands Production Deal With GM

U.S. Steel announced that its Big River Steel facility in Osceola has a production agreement with General Motors, the nation's largest automaker.


February 14, 2023
Talk Business & Politics: Leaders explain how steel industry is transforming Mississippi County

U.S. Steel has existed for more than 120 years, and one reason is that the company has embraced technological advancement, Big River Steel (BRS) Chief Commercial Officer Dan Brown told members of the Rotary Club of Little Rock.


January 9, 2023
Arkansas Business: Wayne Smith Marks 5 Years as Oaklawn's General Manager

Arkansas Business featured our longtime client Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort and its GM Wayne Smith.


February 8, 2023
Talk Business & Politics: VR simulation program aids in Arkansas Northeastern College workforce training

Training for some vocations has been a time and opportunity obstacle for many community colleges for years. But a new virtual reality program at Arkansas Northeastern College could render problems like this moot.


December 19, 2022
Arkansas Business' Top 10 Stories of 2022: Magnetic Quality of Steel (#3)

“The steel-fueled economic development party in Mississippi County" continued with the help of a $3-billion project from U.S. Steel and two new plants from Zekelman Industries, landing both our clients on Arkansas Business' list of top stories for 2022.

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November 8, 2022
Arkansas 250: Ted Mullenix

Ted Mullenix, president and CEO, is once again named to the Arkansas 250, a list of one of the state's most influential leaders.


November 1, 2022
Little Rock Soiree: Men on a Mission

Little Rock Soiree recognized Austin Grinder, Mullenix & Associates attorney and lobbyist, as one of Little Rock Soiree's Men on a Mission.

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October 12, 2022
InsideEVs: Canoo Secures Order For 5,450 Electric Vans And Minivans From Zeeba

Canoo has received another big order for its electric vans, following the one from Walmart announced in July.


October 4, 2022
Arkansas Business: Entergy Plans Largest Solar Array Yet, to Power US Steel in Osceola

Entergy Arkansas has gained regulatory approval for the biggest solar energy complex in the state, a new 250-megawatt project near Osceola in Mississippi County.

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September 27, 2022
Arkansas Business: Cold War Museum in Blytheville Gets $1.9M From State

The National Cold War Center has received $1.9 million in state funds to advance plans to build a museum at the decommissioned Eaker Air Force Base in Blytheville.


September 10, 2022
Recycling Today: U.S. Steel donates $1M to Mississippi County organizations

United States Steel Corp., through the company’s Big River Works facilities, has presented $1 million in donations to organizations in the city of Osceola, Arkansas, and Mississippi County, Arkansas.


September 9, 2022
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Oaklawn to Sponsor Film Fest

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort will be the presenting sponsor for the 31st annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, which will be held at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa.

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September 2, 2022
Talk Business & Politics: Wilson Law Group names next generation of leadership

Wilson & Associates, PLLC, and Attorney’s Title Group, LLC, affiliates of The Wilson Law Group, announced two new co-managing partners.


August 23, 2022
Electrek: Canoo LDVs take flight for Walmart InHome advanced deliveries

Not even two weeks after finalizing the deal with Walmart, Canoo’s LDVs are hitting the streets for testing. Canoo’s EV vans were sent out for their first deliveries in Dallas in a 7-days-a-week program.


August 23, 2022
Arkansas Business: Oaklawn Expands Agreement With Sportsbook Provider for Mobile Wagers

Kambi began handling Oaklawn's on-site sportsbook last year through a partnership with Churchill Downs Incorporated. Under the new agreement, Oaklawn plans to expand its sports betting operations.


August 15, 2022
Arkansas Business: Logging Big Gains in Arkansas Forestry

Representative Jeff Wardlaw and Senator Jonathan Dismang share how commonsense initiatives like Act 594 are helping timber industry leaders like Highland Pellets grow.


July 2022
Mullenix & Associates Meets with Sarah Huckabee Sanders and U.S. Senator John Kennedy

Mullenix & Associates was honored to be with Sarah Huckabee Sanders and U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) in Little Rock.


July 18, 2022
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Pulaski County government's solar power projects on target to provide 90% of its electricity needs

Twin concerns over rising costs and climate change have prompted some county officials in Arkansas to begin moving power needs to renewable energy sources, with solar power one of the primary alternate sources to keep the lights on.


July 15, 2022
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Warehouse project starts near Port of Little Rock

The South Port Commerce Center project, headed by the Kansas-based commercial real estate firm Bluestem Partners, includes a pair of industrial warehouses adjacent to the Port of Little Rock.


July 12, 2022
Arkansas Business: Walmart, Canoo Partner on Final Mile Delivery

Walmart Inc. of Bentonville announced an agreement to purchase 4,500 electric vehicles from Canoo Inc. to be used for final mile deliveries.

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July 11, 2022
Arkansas Business: Why the Steel Industry is Forging Ahead

Arkansas’s steel economy is booming. In this column, Austin Grinder, attorney and registered lobbyist, lays out what's behind the industry's surge.


June 16, 2022
THV: Solar energy to help with improvements at Saline County Detention Center

Leaders debuted a new five-acre solar facility in Saline County with hopes of being able to save tax payers a bit of money.

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June 2022
Talk Business & Politics: An Economic Game-Changer

Austin Grinder discusses the factors that make Northeast Arkansas an easy sell to businesses that are considering where to locate or expand.


May 31, 2022
Soiree: 4 Tips to Secure the Best Price on Your House

The Arkansas REALTORS® Association shares tips to help owners list their homes with confidence and secure the best price.


May 29, 2022
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Wood pellets made in state draw queries

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has had a global impact on business, and changes in the fuels used to generate electricity in Europe brought on by the war might open up opportunities for a wood pellet producer in Pine Bluff.


May 17, 2022
Arkansas Business: RedMane Technology to Open Little Rock Office

RedMane Technology LLC is opening a southeast regional office at 400 W. Capitol Ave. in Little Rock.


May 11, 2022
Talk Business & Politics: Arkansas Delta Byways selects first ever Innovation Award winners

The National Cold War Center received an Innovation Award from Delta Byways, the official tourism promotion association for 15 counties in eastern Arkansas.

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May 5, 2022
Arkansas Money & Politics: An Election Forecast

Austin Grinder shares trends to watch on the path to the General Election on November 8.


May 4, 2022
Arkansas Business: Atlas Tube Opens $150 Million Steel Mill in Blytheville

Atlas Tube of Chicago announced the opening of its new electric resistance welding steel mill in Blytheville, a facility it says is the largest of its kind in the world.


April 29, 2022
Soiree: 4 Steps to Being a Stronger Self-Advocate

Julie Mullenix shares her tips for being a strong and successful self-advocate, no matter the challenge.

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April 13, 2022
NASA: Artemis Astronauts Will Ride in Style in New Crew Transportation Vehicles

When astronauts leave their crew quarters at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for their lunar mission, NASA’s Artemis II crew will ride in a new set of wheels: A fleet of shiny crew transportation vehicles provided by Canoo Technologies Inc., will take them to Launch Pad 39B for their historic ride aboard the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft.


April 7, 2022
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Future bright, says U.S. Steel chief

U.S. Steel Chief Executive Officer David Burritt told the state's economic development leaders Wednesday that he is "extraordinarily bullish" on Arkansas and the steelmaker's future in the state.


April 5, 2022
Arkansas Business: NASA Picks Canoo for Launchpad Transport Vehicles

Electric vehicle maker Canoo Inc., which is moving its headquarters to and opening an advanced manufacturing facility in Bentonville, has won a NASA contract.


April 4, 2022
Talk Business & Politics: U.S. Steel’s Big River Steel first in North America to achieve ResponsibleSteel certification

U.S. Steel announced that its Big River Steel mill in Osceola has become the first-ever ResponsibleSteel site certified in North America.


March 15, 2022
Arkansas Money & Politics: U.S. Steel Doubles Down on Arkansas

In addition to the 900 jobs paying upwards of $120,000 and the 3 million annual tons of advanced steel-making capability, the new Big River Steel Works brings a compelling, audacious view of the state’s industrial future.

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March 4, 2022
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: McDonald's in Arkansas to hire 564 workers

McDonald's restaurants in Arkansas are looking to hire more than 500 employees next week. According to a news release, the fast-food chain plans to hire 564 workers as part of hiring activities across central and south Arkansas.


February 8, 2022
Governor, U.S. Steel executives break ground on $3 billion steel mill in Osceola

U.S. Steel execs and Arkansas officials broke ground on the largest economic development project in Arkansas history, a $3 billion steel mill at Osceola. U.S. Steel President and CEO Dave Burritt said it will be “the most technologically advanced mini-mill on the planet” when completed in 2024.

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March 24, 2021
New AEDC initiative partners with colleges to promote desired industry skills

The Arkansas Department of Commerce today launched a new initiative to designate high-achieving state college workforce training programs that meet specific regional workforce needs in high-demand fields as “Centers of Excellence.”

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December 9, 2020
U.S. Steel to acquire remaining stake in Big River Steel

United States Steel Corp. is on the verge of becoming the sole owner of Big River Steel, the first “superproject” in the history of the Natural State.

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November 18, 2020
Big River Steel Doubles Capacity

Big River Steel successfully started up the second phase of its Arkansas-based scrap metal recycling and flat-rolled steel production facility. The Phase Two expansion budgeted at $716 million will double Big River Steel's production capacity to 3.3 million tons annually.


October 30, 2020
Mullenix & Associates Welcomes New Attorney

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 29, 2020) – Mullenix & Associates has welcomed Tucker Brackins, staff attorney, to its team. The firm’s members now include two former legislators and three lawyers.


August 12, 2020
Arkansas Blue Cross Carries on Through Pandemic

For Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which has called Gaines Street its corporate home for more than 60 years, the pandemic has meant business as usual even if virtually all of the company’s employees are working from home these days.


August 31, 2020
SAP Named a Leader in 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools for the 13th Year in a Row

Independent analyst firm Gartner Inc. has named SAP a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools* report. This is the 13th consecutive year that SAP has been named a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools.


July 16, 2020
Arkansas Businesses Are Responding To COVID-19

NASL members Mullenix & Associates reports with over 30,000 confirmed cases and over 300 deaths, Arkansas continues to be in a state of emergency and is currently considered a hot spot for COVID-19. We have adapted to working remotely to ensure the health and safety of both our team and clients.


February 21, 2022
NWA agencies make move to be more energy efficient

In Arkansas, public entities have saved $550 million due to energy efficiency projects through the state Energy Performance Contracting program since it was established by law in 2013.

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May 18, 2020
Alex Ray Recognized by Walton School of Business for Work on Energy Efficiency Project

Alex Ray, current Executive MBA student and director of business development, for Johnson Controls in Arkansas, played an integral role in the development of an $8 million energy efficiency project in Washington County.


April 26, 2020
Oaklawn Splits Derby Day

In a move believed to be unprecedented in American racing history, Oaklawn will split the 84th running of the Arkansas Derby Saturday, May 2. Thanks to the cooperation of Churchill Downs, both divisions will carry the full 170 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby (G1).


November 19, 2019
Arkansas Northeastern College pushing to graduate more steel workers

The expansion of a steel mill in Osceola has prompted an ever-growing push to hire more qualified candidates. Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC) partners with several corporations in the trade industry such as Big River Steel in hopes of graduating more students to enter the manufacturing field.


November 11, 2019
Big River Steel closes deal with U.S. Steel, values Osceola mill at $2.3 billion

Privately held Big River Steel in Northeast Arkansas has closed on its deal to make United States Steel Corp. a minority stakeholder of the company’s scrap recycling and steel production facility in Mississippi County.


October 1, 2019
U.S Steel to pay $700M for stake in Big River mill

U.S. Steel Corp., based in Pittsburgh, will pay $700 million to take 49.9% ownership of Big River Steel, which was built near the Mississippi River, just south of Osceola, funded in part by Arkansas taxpayers. U.S. Steel has an option to buy the remaining 50.1% of the company within four years, the company said Tuesday in announcing the deal. Big River’s $1.3 billion mill opened in January 2017, after about two years of construction. The mill has about 550 employees, with average annual pay of $75,000, including bonuses. It remains the largest economic development project in state history.


August 17, 2019
Chain rings up big sales in state; McDonald's buys up $676M in goods

Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. buys tons of commodities from suppliers around the world, and yet the super-size orders are filled in Arkansas.

Just last year, the McDonald's system bought more than $676 million in agricultural products from the Natural State, ranging from chickens and canola to soybeans.


August 6, 2019
Green Steel: How Arkansas Became Home To America's Cleanest And Fastest-Growing Steelmaker

Inside cavernous blue hangars set on 1,100 acres of what was once soy fields abutting the Mississippi River, a succession of 300-ton scrap-filled buckets—the remains of old cars and refrigerators—await their turn at the furnace. Wailing sirens pierce the deafening rumble, and sparks fly as blindingly yellow flames rise up from the glowing ladle.

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July 30, 2019
Zekelman Industries to build largest tube mill in the world in Blytheville, add 75 jobs

Zekelman Industries, the parent company of Atlas Tube, announced Tuesday (July 30) in Blytheville it will build the world’s largest continuous ERW tube mill on property adjacent to its existing Atlas Tube mill.


Le Bonheur named a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has been named a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. This is the ninth consecutive year Le Bonheur has been included in the prestigious list with recognition in eight specialties.


June 4, 2019
Big River Steel closes on $800 million debt-equity financing package to expand scrap metal capacity

Big River Steel on Monday (June 3) announced it had closed on a debt-and-equity financing arrangement to expand its scrap metal recycling and flat-rolled steel production facility in Osceola, doubling current capacity to 3.3 million tons annually.

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October 18, 2019
Arkansas Northeastern College to Open Allied Technology Center

When Arkansas Northeastern College opened its new Center for Allied Technologies, it consolidated three facilities, enhanced its role as a leader in custom training and education and brought the world to its doorstep.


March 8, 2019
Prairie Grove teacher saves student’s life by using an app

A touch of a button is all it took for one Prairie Grove teacher to save her student’s life. Brandy Carte, a special education teacher at Prairie Grove Elementary, credits her live-saving technique to something she holds right in the palm of her hand–her phone.

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