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  • Put your business front and center by sponsoring a Chamber event, annual program, or digital media.

    New network building events in 2022 include the Battle of the Business Bowling Tournament and the Local Lunch for restaurants.  BE PRO BE PROUD and Connecting Educators in Industry are focused on building the workforce pipeline for our community.  Also new this year are two annual program sponsorships, the Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Chamber Ambassadors, both focused on advocacy for a strong, business friendly climate in our community, county, and state. 

    Or promote your business utilizing the Chamber website, which received more than 145,000 visits in 2021. And don't forget the long running favorites; the Annual Meeting & Business Expo, the Golf Classic, Business After Hours, and the Arkansas Scholars Award Ceremony.

     

     

     

  • Ti Cold Partners with Compass Cold to Build Cutting Edge Facility



    Compass Cold, a new cold storage company has announced plans for the construction of a 70,000 square foot cold storage facility developed by Ti Cold headquartered in Melbourne, Florida. Located near Fort Smith in Mulberry, Arkansas, and owned and operated by Compass Cold, the facility’s cutting-edge design will feature the latest refrigeration and freezing technology available in the cold storage industry.

    The new facility will have the capacity to support food wholesalers, retailers, and food manufacturing customers in central and northwest Arkansas. Darren Winstead and Doug Bowen, the owners of Compass Cold have been involved in the transportation sector of Arkansas and have deep relationships with food processors, manufacturers, and wholesalers across the country. Known throughout the Southeastern region of the United States, Doug’s Produce is a fast, friendly, and fully functional professional trucking company that is known for putting the happiness of their drivers first.

    The advanced cold storage complex will feature a flexible, convertible design that is able to maintain temperatures ranging from 40°F to -20°F. Structural steel pallet racks will accommodate over 8,500 pallet positions. This includes QFM In-Rack Freezing System™, which combines blast freezing technology and pallet racking. QFM freezes pallets up to four times faster than traditional blast freezers with the ability to reduce energy consumption by as much as 50%.

    “This is an exciting new opportunity and a natural fit with our existing distribution services,” said Doug Bowen of Compass Cold. “This cold storage warehouse will allow us to better serve the clients who have been with us a long time, while branching out to help future clients.”

    The Compass Cold facility will provide frozen and refrigerated food distributors, processors, and importers in the region with public cold storage capacity relief and access to Doug’s Produce temperature controlled less than a truckload shipping programs.