Tyson Foods Opens New Office in Springdale

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Tyson Foods, Inc.'s new office was unveiled Tuesday in the heart of downtown Springdale on Emma Avenue. 

"What you're going to see here is vibrant, you're going to see these people milling about, you're gonna say what's going on down here and it kind of becomes the place to be," said Scott Spradley, Chief Technology Officer for Tyson. 

The new building represents the future of Tyson but is also a nod to the company's roots in Springdale. 

 "It is cliche to say full circle but it truly is a full circle," said John Tyson, chairman of the company. 

The new space is located where the company's original headquarters was built. 

"It was a center of life for those of us that grew up in Springdale," Tyson explained. 

The office is focused on technology and innovation.  

"One of the things we've mandated here is there's no offices in this building, so no management, no executives will sit in any offices, so it's very open, very collaborative," Spradley said. 

Many are hoping the nearly 300 employees working in the office will boost the local economy. 

"This is going to bring white collar jobs, blue collar jobs, it's also going to bring restaurants into Downtown Springdale so this is going to have a long-term effect," said Rep. Robin Lundstrum, who represents Springdale. 

Buck Ahrens owns Emma Ave. Bar & Tap just down the street from the new Tyson building. 

"We've been waiting for this, Tyson to come back downtown where they started, be a great addition to the economy, get more foot traffic rolling down here, hopefully, bring some more happy hour."

Tyson hopes the company will continue its legacy in the city it's always called home. 

"It exceeded my expectations, I feel humbled about it, I'm really really proud with what the whole team has done," Tyson said. 


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