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


Milbank Manufacturing Expansion

Roseburg completes the purchase of Del-Tin Fiber

Arts and Entertainment District in Downtown

Fairfield Inn and Suites

The Haywood

Standard Lithium

Murphy USA Renovates El Dorado Home Office


Conifex Timber

Canfor Southern Pine

Great Lakes Solutions

El Dorado Festivals & Events

Applied Specialties, Inc. 

El Dorado Chemical Company

Clean Harbors Environmental

Murphy Oil Corporation





Milbank Manufacturing Is Now Hiring 


Milbank Manufacturing is expanding its El Dorado factory by 40 employees. Over the past year, Milbank has experienced rapid growth along with the housing industry, in order to keep up with demand, Milbank needs to expand its manufacturing workforce in all three locations. Milbank provides a clean and safe working environment for its employees with benefits ranging from medical, dental, and vision to retirement planning, 401ks, and paid training. Continue reading...



Roseburg completes the purchase of Del-Tin Fiber


Roseburg Forest Products has acquired the assets of the PotlatchDeltic subsidiary Del-Tin Fiber LLC, including its medium density fiberboard (MDF) plant located in El Dorado, Ark.  Continue reading…




Arts & Entertainment District in downtown El Dorado


El Dorado Festivals & Events has been working for the past 4 years to create a new Arts & Entertainment District in downtown El Dorado - the Murphy Arts District. Our goal is to provide the city of El Dorado with creative outlets to explore music, dance, theater, art and food in fun and immersive ways that hold true to the people and culture of El Dorado. Continue reading…




Fairfield Inn & Suites El Dorado


Fairfield Inn by Marriott is a line of hotels that are franchised by Marriott International.  The 4.8-acre lot off of Northwest Avenue sits directly behind McDonalds will be the location of an 80-room Fairfield Inn by Marriott.  The new hotel will be open in the first quarter of 2019.  Visit their website at Fairfield Inn & Suites El Dorado.




The Haywood


New Boutique Hotel Coming to Murphy Arts District.  An El Dorado-based ownership group announced today it is bringing a boutique hotel to downtown El Dorado as part of the Murphy Arts District (MAD).  Named The Haywood, the hotel is scheduled to break ground in early 2019, with a target opening of March 2020. It is budgeted at over $14.0 million, and will be developed by Newmark Moses Tucker Partners (NMTP) of Little Rock.  Continue reading…




Standard Lithium


Standard Lithium chose the Smackover Formation as a key development target, because it combines a very large resource potential, with well-studied and documented geology and hydrogeology, along with a permitting regime that has a long history of approving operations that remove, process and re-inject massive volumes of brine. Combined with a wealth of existing infrastructure in the project area (power, rail, gas, water, trained workforce, cheap reagents etc.), this makes Standard’s opportunity in Southern Arkansas the perfect location for a modern lithium brine processing operation. Continue reading…




Murphy USA Renovates El Dorado Home Office


The complete interior renovation of Murphy USA’s existing headquarters seizes on the notion that the physical work environment can impact business success.  The existing four-story facility – originally designed in 1982 in the Brutalist style and never renovated prior to now – is situated on a five-acre site.  The 135,000-SF renovation includes redistribution of all current Murphy USA departments, a "trading floor," a vendor demonstration area, and a prototype retail store.  Updated amenity spaces for the 400-to-500 employees include an expanded dining area, training rooms, conference and teaming spaces, and a covered exterior patio.  Continue reading…


Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) is a leading retailer of gasoline and convenience merchandise with more than 1,470 stations located primarily in the Southwest, Southeast and Midwest United States. The company and its team of nearly 10,000 employees serve an estimated 1.6 million customers each day through its network of retail gasoline stations in 26 states. The majority of Murphy USA's sites are located in close proximity to Walmart stores. The company also markets gasoline and other products at standalone stores under the Murphy Express brand.  Murphy USA ranks 279 among Fortune 500 companies.   More about Murphy USA...



LANXESS acquires Chemtura site in El Dorado


  • Key site in the LANXESS global production network
  • Innovative products for the growing flame retardant additives market
  • Corporate Citizenship Program announced: company pledges USD $250,000 for local schools Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs


Pittsburgh/El Dorado – With the acquisition of U.S. company Chemtura effective April 21, specialty chemicals company LANXESS is also acquiring the production site in El Dorado, Arkansas, which currently employs  approximately 430 company employees along with approximately 150 contract employees. Bromininated flame retardant additives, bromine and further bromine derivatives are produced there. The acquisition of Chemtura makes LANXESS one of the world’s leading suppliers of flame retardant additives.


“El Dorado is the key location for our global flame retardant additives business in regards to both product development and production. The innovative products and technologies there are an outstanding fit for our existing portfolio and are important to our growth plans in this area. At the same time, this new LANXESS location further expands our presence in North America,” explains Anno Borkowsky, Head of the Additives business unit at LANXESS. “We warmly welcome our new colleagues to the LANXESS family and look forward to working together with them in the future.”





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. 




Canfor Announces the Purchase of Anthony Forest Products


Canfor Corporation announces that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Anthony Forest Products Company located in El Dorado, Arkansas ("AFP") for a purchase price of $93.5 million US which includes approximately $15 million US of working capital.

AFP operates 6 facilities producing lumber, engineered wood and wood chips with a combined capacity of 250 mmbf equivalent.  AFP owns a sawmill located in Urbana, Arkansas which produces premium Southern pine lumber and has an operational capacity of 150 mmbf per year. It also owns laminating facilities in El Dorado, Arkansas and Washington, Georgia, which produce beams, columns and other glulam products with an annual combined capacity of 75 mmbf, and owns chip mills in Louisiana and Texas with a total annual capacity of 800,000 tons. AFP also owns a 50% interest in Anthony EACOM Inc. a joint venture with EACOM Timber Corporation, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario which manufactures I- joists, with an annual capacity of 54 million lineal feet.




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






Arts & Entertainment District in downtown El Dorado

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