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Construction starts on HQ for tech firm.

Access Control Devices Inc. of Little Rock and Harco Constructors of North Little Rock on Wednesday marked the start of construction for ACDI's new 18,000-SF headquarters at 403 Main St. in downtown Benton.

ACDI sells and supports software and hardware products for print management. According to Marketing Director Pete Taylor, the company's employees have been split between two sites: one in Little Rock, shared with another business, and another in Benton.

Taylor said the new Main Street office building in Benton will house its entire workforce for about 50, and that the firm plans to hire 20 to 30 people this year. The new headquarters is set to be complete in 10 months.

Taylor told Arkansas Business that ACDI is moving to Benton because most of its employees, managers and owners live there and want to be engaged in the community.

BPK Investments, a company led by ACDI owner Josh Lane, purchased property for the new headquarters in September. The property included a vacant Harvest Foods grocery store, which the new owners razed as part of a plan to revitalize the block.

The company did not disclose the total cost of the project. Real estate records show BPK Investments paid $485,000 for the property.

ACDI envisions a modern, state-of-the-art office building that incorporates natural materials, natural landscapes and green space. Black Corley Owens & Hughes of Benton is the project's architect.

ACDI has been active in the community, partnering with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and other local schools on programs to educate students on career opportunities in technology. It recently donated $40,000 for naming rights to the "large technology center" room at the new Boys & Girls Club under construction in Saline County. The club is scheduled to open in the spring.

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Title Annotation:Technology
Author:Campbell, Sarah
Publication:Arkansas Business
Geographic Code:1U7AR
Date:Oct 17, 2016
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