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Weekly Address

03.20.2015

Training Arkansas’s Workforce

In 1967, Baldor Electric moved its headquarters from St. Louis, Missouri, to Fort Smith, Arkansas. Not long after that, a student at Westark Community College named John McFarland went to work for the company. McFarland eventually rose to president and CEO of Baldor, and during his 41 years with the company, sales grew from $20 million to $1.9 billion. Today, Westark is part of the University of Arkansas system and known as UA Fort Smith. It’s home...


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