OSCEOLA, Ark. (AP) - A new business coming to northeast Arkansas is to employ 75 or more people who will extract precious metals from discarded computer equipment and other electronics.
Former Vice President Al Gore was on hand for a Tuesday groundbreaking at the plant site in Osceola. Gore is a partner in a venture capital firm that is backing the business, called BlueOak Arkansas.
The Blytheville Courier News reports that Gore said the new jobs will be high-paying and that the business will be the first of its kind in the United States. Several similar facilities do business in other countries.
John Correnti, who spearheaded a drive for a steel mill that's also to be built in Osceola, is on the BlueOak board and helped bring the plant to the community.
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