Arkansas Economic Development Commission

2017: A Year In Review

December 18, 2017

It’s been a busy year in Arkansas, so we thought we would take a look at some of the biggest economic development news stories of 2017. From new legislation encouraging economic development, to business announcements with a combined total of more than 3,200 new jobs planned, 2017 was a great year for economic development in Arkansas.

Work your way through the timeline in the infographic, and click on each story to learn more. If you are on a mobile device, you can find links to the stories below the infographic.

January: Conifex to modernize and re-start sawmill in El Dorado 

February: Governor Asa Hutchinson signs economic development acts into law

March: Big River Steel Becomes First Steel Production Process to Achieve LEED Certification

April: Pet Won Pet Products to open new facility in Danville

May: Shandong Ruyi Technology Group to create up to 800 new jobs in Forrest City

June: TeleTech to create 350 new jobs in Morrilton

July: Simmons Foods Opens Ingredient Production Facility

August: SAF-HOLLAND expands operations in Dumas

Governor Asa Hutchinson announces expansion of the Minority Business Enterprise Certification Program

September: Bank of the Ozarks Announces Long-Term Commitment to Little Rock for Company Headquarters

Simmons Prepared Foods Announces New Chicken Operation in Benton County

October: Jonesboro Unlimited Welcomes Risever to Jonesboro

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston embarked with a delegation on a trade mission to China and Japan.

November: OurPharma to open new facility in Fayetteville to create generic medications

December: Boatbuilding Legacy Continues with Launch of New Brand – VEXUS™