Hewlett-Packard to Employ 1,200 in Conway

CONWAY, AR - All those anonymous sources turned out to be accurate.  Computer maker Hewlett-Packard really is planning to open an operation at Conway that will employ up to 1,200 people, with starting pay in the low $40,000 range.

The announcement came yesterday, with Governor Beebe joining company and local officials for the big event, staged at the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

They said the customer service and technical support center is expected to cost about $28 million.  The Conway Development Corp. will build a 150,000 square foot building in an office park and lease it back to HP.

Word of the announcement leaked on Monday, leaving HP spokesmen and government officials from Beebe on down to decline on-the-record comment for the rest of the week.

Hewlett-Packard, based in Palo Alto, CA, is widely known for its personal computers and printers, but the company also develops software, information technology infrastructure and its customer base includes large businesses.

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