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Jonesboro, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

What Will Happen With the Empty Haworth Building?

June 8, 2006 -- Posted at 7:26 p.m. CDT 

JONESBORO, AR -- The Haworth Industrial Plant, on the eastern side of Jonesboro, has been empty for almost 2 years.

The facility that once employed over 200 people in Jonesboro closed its doors due to economic difficulty.

The former furniture manufacturing site is on the market, waiting for the right company to snatch it up.

"It would be fantastic for the city. Of course, we'd love to see somebody come in and occupy the structure," said Jonesboro Mayor Doug Formon.

Mark Young with the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce says the building is a top of the line structure; it just needs a company to call it home.

The building is huge, offering a potential occupant over 630,000 square feet.

"The facility is a great facility, Jonesboro's a great community, and we're hoping, in the near future, we'll have someone in that facility," said Mark Young.

The empty building is owned by Haworth, who has it listed with a realtor in Pennsylvania. That's why the chamber is trying to assist in getting the word out about the building.

"Probably every single manufacturer that wants to move into a city will first contact the local chamber and see what is going on there, and what facilities are available to them," said Formon.

"We're doing all the things that need to be done to get someone in there. The important thing is that the facility has to be the right fit for a company," said Young.

One of the first things people wee when they come into Jonesboro on Highway 63 is the empty parking lot and building at Haworth, which is not a very encouraging sight.

"It's a shame. I think when they see that, it can't be positive for Jonesboro. It's a very, very beautiful structure, hopefully somebody will see it someday and say, ‘Hey, we need to move in there'," said Young.

Young says it's more than just the existing building that companies are interested in when they're shopping around.

"When a company takes a look at our community, they're interested in more than a facility or a green field site, they're really interested in the community, and what we have to offer," said Young.

"I know the chamber, they're working diligently, trying to find a new resident for the Haworth Building, and we'd love to see it be occupied by someone," said Formon.

For information about the Haworth Building log onto:

www.hartcorp.com or www.jonesborochamber.org

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