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Why El Dorado?

Target Markets


El Dorado and Union County, Arkansas have identified a few target industries that are a good fit for this area in terms of our resources, labor force, and infrastructure.  We still welcome almost all good companies to our area regardless of the industry sector.  With finite resources for economic development, though, it is good to identify some key industry sectors to target our efforts for marketing.  The target industries for El Dorado and Union County, Arkansas include the following:



El Dorado and Union County's diverse industrial base has a concentration of metalworking companies and support services. Some of our current companies in the metalworking industry include: WELSCO Inc., Puska's Machine Shop, El Dorado Metals Inc., Ace Metal & Steel LLC, Spencer Iron Works,  El Dorado Foundry Machine Co., Blackwell Machine, Gordy Tool & Machine, The Systems Group, SHAW Group.




Wood Related Industries 

With our abundance of pine trees, we are a "natural" for value-added wood related industries in this region.  Some of our current companies in the wood industry include:  CANFOR Southern Pine, Roseburg, Resolute, Calion Lumber, and MJB Wood Group.




Our proximity to the Gulf Coast, rail access, and abundance of water and wastewater resources (over 13 million gallons a day excess capacity) make El Dorado and Union County a good fit for the chemical industry.  El Dorado Chemical, LanXess/Great Lakes, Lycus, Clean Harbors and Continental Carbonic Products, Inc. are examples of this region's chemical industry.




El Dorado and Union County are the original Oil Boomtowns since its discovery in the area in the 1920's.  Today, we boast several industries, including Delek US- El Dorado Refinery -Lion Oil, Murphy USA, and Martin Operating Partnership that have their headquarters and manufacturing operations in the region.



Food Processing

El Dorado and Union County previously had a large poultry processing operation.  The community's water and wastewater system, which is still intact, is sized for this operation resulting in a whopping 13 million gallons per day of excess capacity.  The operation employed 1,300 people.  Our workers are tailored perfectly for manufacturing and food processing work.



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