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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Gov. Beebe tomorrow: New state treasurer, Dassault Falcon announcement

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM

  • EXPANSION COMING: At Dassault.
Gov. Mike Beebe will makes some news Wednesday morning.

1) For one thing, he'll appoint someone to serve as state treasurer through 2014. Martha Shoffner resigned last week in the face of a federal charge she'd taken gotten money from a securities broker to whom she'd steered business.

2) The Economic Development Commission announces that the governor will join Dassault Falcon Jet officials for a "significant investment/expansion announcement." It's unknown at this time if the expansion will take the workforce beyond the level it reached before a layoff of around 100 workers in 2009. The business jet finishing operation employed about 1,900 in 2010, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. The company had said in March that a new jet model might lead to a hangar expansion in Little Rock that could add 100 to 200 jobs. At the time of that announcement, Dassault was said to employ about 1,500.

A state spokesman, in response to a question about whether incentives go for new jobs at a company that still might employ fewer than it once did, said the announcement would "stabilize and secure" the Dassault operation for the future.

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