A $1 billion pulp mill in southwest Arkansas is now in the pre-engineering stage with construction set to begin in March 2018.
Above: On April 26, 2016, Shandong Sun chairman Li and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a Memorandum of Understanding after the company selected Arkadelphia for its first pulp mill in the United States. Shandong Sun says the mill will create 250 full time jobs.
The plant, operated by Sun Bio Material Company, will require 2,000 workers to construct, according to a report in the Arkadelphia Siftings Herald. Sun Bio is part of the giant Chinese firm Shandong Sun International Paper Co.
Stephen Bell, president of the Arakdelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance, said he expects the required air quality permit to be issued this September after which construction can begin.