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We are proud of the following companies' belief in El Dorado and Union County as a great place for business!


Conifex Timber

Great Lakes Solutions

El Dorado Festivals & Events

Applied Specialties, Inc. 

El Dorado Chemical Company

Clean Harbors Environmental

Murphy Oil Corporation

Therma-Flite Manufacturing


Conifex Timber to re-start El Dorado sawmill

Conifex Timber Inc., a Canada-based forestry and sawmilling company, will re-start a state-of-the-art sawmill complex, formerly owned by Georgia Pacific, in El Dorado, Arkansas. 

Primarily engaged in the manufacture of structural grade Spruce Pine Fir dimension lumber, the company plans to modernize the existing facility and create a state-of-the-art mill in El Dorado producing 180 million board feet initially. The company expects to create approximately 120 new, full-time jobs as a result of its approximate $80 million commitment to the facility. 





Great Lakes Solutions Announces Plans to Build a Pilot Plant

Great Lakes Solutions, a Chemtura business, is pleased to announce plans to begin construction of a pilot plant facility at their existing South Plant manufacturing site in El Dorado, Arkansas.


An approximately $5 million investment, the new pilot plant is part of Chemtura’s ongoing commitment to innovation and new product development.  It is designed to serve as a scale-up and test facility within the global technology group and will be a bridge between traditional laboratory experimentation and full-scale commercial production.  The new pilot plant will be utilized not only by Great Lakes Solutions, but also by other Chemtura businesses.


The pilot plant will be a modern, newly constructed, state-of-the-art, flexible facility that will occupy a footprint of approximately 11,000 square feet. Included in this footprint will be space for operating bays, a laboratory, and associated equipment. The new facility will employ 10 people total, with six of those positions being new to the El Dorado Great Lakes Solutions sites. 


Brian Macconnachie, Manager for the Derivatives Operations at Great Lakes Solutions stated, “We are very excited about this project and the fact that Chemtura chose to invest in its future by investing in a new pilot plant here in El Dorado.”  Macconnachie also stated that, “We greatly appreciate the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) working with us on state incentives, and furthermore, we are grateful for the approval of the Tax Back Resolution by the Union County Quorum Court.”


Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2016. The first test project could begin as early as October.



El Dorado Festivals & Events - $80 million Arts & Entertainment District planned in the southern end of the city’s downtown core.


Imagine a tiny burg in southern Arkansas with a nationally recognized, dynamic and diverse entertainment center. Envision a creative environment that is fostered by secondary schools, higher education, business developers, city government, and the local arts community. A city united behind a single purpose to enrich our region with quality performing and visual arts experiences, world-class food service, and destination children’s activities that engage our community and incent a steady flow of tourists from across the region.


The economic impact of a prodigious professional arts organization on a region can have a broad effect. Moreover, a quality-of-life improvement in a region with cultural institutions is a confirmed method for providing a large and lasting economic boom. The city of El Dorado has the benefit of a well-established community arts organization and professional symphony, but lacks the basic components of contemporary entertainment that can act as a magnet for tourism to the region and an agent of change for the current residents of El Dorado, and this new district fills that need. www.eldofest.com




Applied Specialties, Inc.El Dorado, Arkansas UltraLime Production Starts


ASI began production of its UltraLime™ high performance Lime slurry at its Arkansas production facility. This is the 4th lime slurry production facility for Applied Specialties and the 3rd in the United States. The 4th plant started producing slurry in the UK in December 2014. The Arkansas location is part of a 24 acre combined water treatment chemicals production facility for Applied Specialties. The new Lime slurry production facility will permit Applied Specialties to satisfy its various water treatment clients with increased logistical support while providing greater access for clients to take advantage of the improved performance and cost benefits of using UltraLime.





El Dorado Chemical Company - $600 million expansion project with the creation of 60 permanent jobs.

The El Dorado Chemical Company expansion is currently the largest capital expansion in the state of Arkansas. The ECC expansion project includes new facilities such as an ammonia plant, nitric acid concentrator, a new control room for the ammonia and nitric acid plants, a 30,000 ton ammonia storage tank, and a weatherly nitric acid unit. The expansion is planned to be finished in May 2016. www.eldoradochemical.com






Clean Harbors Environmental - $120 million expansion project with the creation of 120 permanent jobs.

Clean Harbors marks the first time in almost 30 years that a new incineration capacity has been constructed in the United States. Clean harbors has begun construction of a state-of-the-art industrial waste destruction unit. The unit will add 120 new jobs to the El Dorado Community and will almost double the waste destruction capacity at the El Dorado complex. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe joined the groundbreaking ceremony with Clean Harbors' business leaders, facility management and community representatives from El Dorado. www.cleanharbors.com






Murphy Oil Corporation - $30 million new headquarters expansion at the corner of Peach and Jackson Street in downtown El Dorado, Arkansas.

The new Murphy Oil building will consist of a two-story building that will house the headquarter's lobby and general meeting rooms and will be connected to a five-story building that will hold the company's offices. After completion of the new building, Murphy Oil headquarters will move into that building. Murphy USA, Inc. will move into the old Murphy Oil building that is located next to the new site on Peach Street. www.murphyoilcorp.com






Therma-Flite Manufacturing - $2,000,000 expansion of building and additional equipment at the Champagnolle Road facility.

This expansion of 33,000 square feet of manufacturing, office, and break room space and additional equipment including a paint booth, blasting booth, roll forming press and a horizontal press adds capacity to increase production and create 25 new jobs in El Dorado. 







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