A California-headquartered cooperage is planning to restart a stave mill located in Hot Spring County.
Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage, Inc. will re-launch the Malvern stave mill with plans to upgrade the facility. The company expects to create 15 new jobs by restarting the mill.
Staves are the narrow wood slats that form the sides of barrels.
Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage general manager Chris Hansen says the location was chosen for its strong wood supply chain and the presence of the recently closed mill. In Arkansas, there are approximately 19 million acres of forestland, according to the 2018 Timber Industry Report compiled by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
“When looking for a location to expand our growing business, we found exactly what we were looking for in Arkansas,” Hansen said. “We needed to integrate a strong wood supply chain into our company, and not only does Arkansas have an abundant timber source, but finding a stave mill that had recently ceased operations meant that we could get this new operation up and running as quickly as possible.”
According to Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston, there are more than 28,500 in the timber industry in Arkansas. Each forestry job creates an additional 1.4 jobs, according to the AEDC report, making forestry a significant contributor to the state’s economy at 5.1 percent.
“We could not be more thrilled that Seguin Moreau has decided to re-start the stave mill here in Hot Spring County,” said Lance Howell, executive director of the Malvern/Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce. “The investment they are making in the mill and in the lives of the employees will make a difference in our community for years to come.”
Seguin was formed in 1870, while Moreau was set up in 1838. The 19thcentury companies were merged in the mid-20thcentury, and the U.S. headquarters was opened in 1994 in Napa, Calif. In addition, Seguin Moreau has a white oak seasoning yard in Perryville, Miss.
Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage is owned by Oeneo SA, which is based in Bordeaux, France.
The stave mill is currently hiring for multiple positions. Applications can be sent to Brian Francis at email@example.com or apply in person at 10912 Hwy 270, Malvern, AR 72104. A complete job listing for the plant manager position is available here.