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Daily Digest: December 10, 2019


Structurlam Putting Its First U.S. Timber Factory in Conway

On Monday, Dec. 9, the Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation announced that it will expand its operations into the United States, choosing Conway to house its first mass timber plant. Speaking inside the empty, cavernous interior of Conway’s former Nucor Steel Plant, Hardy Wentzel, Structurlam’s CEO explained his company’s intention to sustainably convert the defunct 288,000 sq. ft factory into the United States’ first mass timber plant.

“This $60 million investment shows how excited and optimistic we are about this new partnership with the state of Arkansas,” says Wentzel. Read the full story here.


Texas Taco Chain Continues Expansion into Northwest Arkansas

Austin, Texas-based taco shop chain Torchy’s Tacos is opening its second Arkansas location in less than six months. The chain is opening a new location in Rogers at 4950 W. Pauline Whitaker Pkwy.

The first Torchy’s Tacos location was opened in Fayetteville in August 2019. The restaurant, located at 1541 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., has seen a positive response, according to G.J. Hart, CEO of Torchy’s Tacos. Read the full story here.

Four ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator participants receive AFT grants.



Good News for Arkansas’s No. 1 Industry

The good news I announced at the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual convention this week comes after a difficult twelve months for Arkansas farmers.

I am going to share my news again today. I hope that it will encourage our farmers. Many endured a soggy harvest in 2018 and an even wetter spring. Read the full story here.

Revenue report shows growth in state’s economy.



Moore Named Chief Development Officer for Baptist Health Foundation

Lena Moore has been named as the chief development officer for the Baptist Health Foundation. Arkansas Money & Politics reported on Nov. 15 that Moore was set to take over the role.

Most recently, Moore was the deputy executive director and development manager for the Clinton Foundation, where she worked since 2003. Read the full story here.

Applications open for 2020 Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.



UCA College of Business Names Senior Director of Development

The University of Central Arkansas College of Business has named a new senior director of development. Corey Throneberry will be assuming the role.

An alumni of the UCA College of Business, Throneberry has previously served as a business development officer at First Service Bank and has worked with Centennial Insurance Agency in Conway. Read the full story here.

ASU System board approves Henderson State merger.


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