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2012 New Expansions News
Twin Arch Motel to Become Apartments and George's Majestic Lounge to Undergo Renovations
The old Twin Arch Motel located at 521 N College Ane will be converted into nine studio apartments to be marketed toward University of Arkansas students and young professionals. Garrison Roddey and Tom Harding, partners with Rogers-based Community Development Partners will be the lead persons for this project. Construction on this 0.37 acre property is expected to begin in August.
Meanwhile, George's Majestic Lounge, a business located on Dickson St., will undergo its first major renovations since 1989. The concert venue's owner, Brian Crowne, plans to replace a construction trailer with a roughly 1,000 SF building. The building will add backstage space for bands, raise the stage and add a climate-controlled garden area. Crowne hopes to have all the renovations completed by early August.
VA Hospital in Fayetteville to Fill 100 Jobs
The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks will hire 100 workers to support the soon-to-be completed 144,000 SF addition on its College Avenue campus in Fayetteville. The System is currently recruiting half of the available positions. The remaining jobs will be announced this summer with hiring completed in the fall. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall. The VA is hiring nurses, medical technologists, housekeepers, mechanics, and carpenters to staff outpatient services at the new building. The $93 million facility will offer pharmacy, optometry, orthopedics, and gastroenterology services, among others. The VA in NWA employs about 1,200 people to serve veterans in 23 counties in NWA, southwest Missouri, and eastern Oklahoma.
Fayetteville Company, Delta Electronics, To Add Up To 50 New Jobs
Delta Group Electronics Inc., headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, announced that its workforce at its Fayetteville plant could double to 100 after it was chosen as the manufacturer of Alternative Hydrogen Solutions' (AHS) fuel-saving and emissions-reducing systems. AHS is a joint venture between Highline Technical Innovations Inc. (HTII) and AHS Sales and Marketing LLC of Miami. HTII created a system known as Hy-Impact that increases the efficiency of internal-combustion engines. Products marketed under the Hy-Impact line include Hy-RoadT for trucking, Hy-MarineT for maritime applications and HyRailT for locomotives.
Air Filter Plant to Add 58 Jobs in Fayetteville
American Air Filter Co., of Louisville announced plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Fayetteville. This expansion will add 58 new jobs and new investments to the facility. The plant currently employs 112 people and manufactures panel and pleated air filters. AAF International employs more than 3,000 people in 22 manufacturing facilities and five research and development centers globally. It produces air filtration solutions for commercial, industrail, transportation and nuclear power applications.
Tyson Adds Jobs At Plant
Tyson Foods announced the creation of 60 new manufacturing jobs for its Mexican Original tortilla plant expansion. The plant expects to open two new lines by the end of the month. The plant's 500 workers produce tortillas and chips for quick service Mexican food chains such as Taco Bell. The expansion cost an estimated $7 million and it included renovation of 120,000 SF space with new equipment installation, according to Tyson. The new jobs will pay between $11 and $12 an hour with benefits such as health insurance, paid holidays and retirement plans.
Waltons Arts Center Expanding
Walton Arts Center's leaders announced the expansion of the existing building's footprint to add more office, performance and event space. Terri Trotter, the WAC's COO, said the expansion project is expected to add about 30,000 SF to the building at a cost of about $20 million. The goal is to have the work completed in 2015. The expansion will allow WAC to bring in bigger shows like touring Broadway musicals and frees up the Starr Theater which now is sometimes used as a dressing room or storage space when big shows come to town. The additional meeting and event space will be a boon for event planners. in addition to this expansion, construction is expected to start next fall on renovations to the Old Field House on the UA campus. The project will transform the building into a 650-seat performance hall.