The City Wire reports on last week’s AAEA event at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. The event featured NextGen Illumination, an LED manufacturer and developer that announced moving manufacturing back to Arkansas from plants in Asia. The City Wire reports:

“We listened to what poultry farmers needed,” McCormick said. As a result, NextGen was able to create and manufacture efficient LED lighting that allowed Lincoln poultry farmer Gene Pharr to save $5,000 a year in electricity bills. Not only did save Pharr money that he can reinvest in his business, but the lights used on his poultry farm created high paying jobs right here in Arkansas.