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Booneville finds potential buyers for Cargill site

 

BOONEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The site of the former Cargill meat processing plant in western Arkansas is about to see some economic activity for the first time since the plant burned in 2008.

The Southwest Times Record reports that the Petit Jean Regional Foundation has reached agreements with two people to operate businesses at the site in Booneville.

One entity is to expand a metal door frame business that's now in Magazine. The other will use some of the land to start a flea market.

The Cargill plant used to employ 800 people. The new businesses won't approach the economic impact that Cargill had before it decided to not rebuild the plant, but officials say they welcome the new use for the site.

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