Several economic development reports were presented to members of the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County Tuesday afternoon.

Several economic development reports were presented to members of the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County Tuesday afternoon.
 
SUN BIO
According to Stephen Bell, president/CEO of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce, Grace Yin, project manager for Sun Bio Material (U.S.) Company was recently in Arkadelphia and Arkansas to review plans for the intended $1.8 billion pulp mill that will be located in Gum Springs.
Sun Bio Consultant Ray Dillion and Mark Hamer, senior project manager at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission were also in town.
“Grace was actually taking a trip to Atlanta to meet with the engineering firm that will do the engineering map. The meeting went very well,” said Bell.
In addition, Yin visited the Alcoa facility as Alcoa representatives have expressed an interest in using their incinerators to dispose of the ash from the Sun Paper Bio mill.
Yin also met Rob Graham and Jerry Kelson of Crafton Tull, which is the engineering firm responsible for the rail spur, and Steward Nolan regarding the water treatment plant.
“Bill Wright also met with her to talk about securing the right-of-way for the water pipe from the mill site to the Ouachita River,” said Bell.
 
RAIL SPUR
Bell noted that work continues on the rail spur.
According to Bell, once the Drumco property is purchased, additional timber can be removed to allow work on the other leg of the rail spur to continue.
The other leg will come off of the mainline to make a Y.
 
LANDFILL STUDY
Bell reported that Terracon was recently hired to conduct a survey for a landfill. The results have been sent to Sun Bio and will be sent to other local industries to get their waste stream to determine how much revenue would be generated and if bonds could be sold to build the landfill.