Members of the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County learned Tuesday that plans for the Shandong Sun Paper plant are proceeding.

Members of the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County learned Tuesday that plans for the Shandong Sun Paper plant are proceeding.
According to Stephen Bell, president/CEO of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance, representatives from Shandong Sun Paper are in Arkansas for multiple meetings this week and next week.
“We had two of them from China in Arkadelphia on Monday” Bell said.
In addition, Bell said the plans for the facility have been rearranged to build the facility closer to the highway.
“It’s about a 100 yards from Highway 67. You’re really going to be able to see it from the highway now,” said Bell.
According to Bell, he has received lots of questions regarding the project due to low volume of work going on at the site.
“We’ve been doing a lot of pre-engineering,” said Bell, who added that surveys of the property have been conducted, along with engineering drawings on the rail spur and the facility.
In addition, Bell said plans are to close on the property for the project in the coming weeks and that the application for the water diversion and water compliance permits have been submitted to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. A meeting was scheduled for Tuesday morning with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to discuss the wastewater permit.
“The permitting process is well underway,” said Bell, who added that the air permit and the other environmental permits are going to be submitted by Sun Paper to AEDQ on Jan. 15.
Bell said conversations between Sun Paper and ADEQ are in progress.
Based on the drawings, the wastewater plant will be on the Sun Paper property.
In addition, a meeting is scheduled for Thursday to discuss the rail.
“We’re trying to work out what that’s going to look like. The State of Arkansas said they would provide the funds for the construction of an intermodal facility,” said Bell.
Sun Paper representatives are expected to return to Arkadelphia Friday for additional meetings with local representatives.
According to Bell, discussions have taken place with Danfoss regarding the purchase of property for right-of-way to run the rail spur from the Union Pacific line to Sun Paper’s property.
Other items addressed:
• The board approved the nominations of Dr. Tim Kauffman as chairman of the EDCCC, Dr. Celya Taylor as vice-chair, Stacey Marlar as secretary and J.L. Griffin as treasurer for the upcoming year.
• Shelley Loe, vice president of the AREDA and Area Chamber of Commerce, said work continues on workforce training.