Big Deal: Sun Paper’s new $1 billion Arkadelphia bio-products mill to bring 250 jobs
LITTLE ROCK —Sun Paper, one of the top 500 Chinese enterprises and one of the world’s top pulp and paper makers, has announced the selection of a site in Arkadelphia, AR for a large new bio-products mill.
The company will invest more than $1 billion in the project and expects to create 250 new jobs for Arkadelphia and Clark County at an average annual salary of $52,000. Check for Sun Paper jobs here.
The Arkadelphia site halfway between Little Rock and Texarkana that the company has chosen is located in the heart of Arkansas’ timber industry, with easy access to Interstate 30. Forests cover about 18.8 million acres, about half of the state, mostly in South Arkansas.
The announcement was made by Governor Asa Hutchinson and Hongxin Li, chairman and founder of Sun Paper. Gov. Hutchinson said in a release “This is among the largest private investments in the state’s history and the impact will be felt for generations. Thanks to Sun Paper for choosing Arkansas as the location for its first North American facility.”
This will be Sun’s first facility in North America.