Tyson returns to roots after renovating original headquarters

Springdale company renovates original headquarters

Posted: November 12, 2017 at 1:08 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Reclaimed hardwood is used prominently in the new Tyson Foods building in downtown Springdale. During construction, workers removed tile ceilings in both the Tyson and Brown buildings to reveal the original wood ceilings, which they found a way to reuse. The nearly complete facility preserves and incorporates two buildings on East Emma Avenue, the former Tyson Foods headquarters and the Brown Hatchery building.

John Tyson got a lesson about lumber last week -- reclaimed wood accents most spaces in the new Tyson Emma office, which will open in downtown Springdale with a private ribbon cutting Tuesday.

Tyson Emma Avenue

Location: 319 E. Emma Ave., Springdale

New construction: 50,682 square feet

Heritage: The Tyson Foods Emma Avenue office complex was built to include the footprints of the first offices of two of Springdale’s poultry innovators.

• Tyson feed and hatchery: 2,077 square feet; started by company chairman John Tyson’s grandfather, also named John Tyson, in 1942; building originally housed Springdale Produce.

• Springdale Electric Hatchery: 3,347 square feet; owned by Jeff Brown, who perfected electric incubation and developed a breed of broilers.

• Combines 2,077 square feet from the original Tyson feed and hatchery and 3,347 square feet from the Springdale Electric Hatchery, owned by Jeff Brown.

Source: Tyson Foods and The Springdale News

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