Supply chain 'hall of fame' to be founded near home of JB Hunt, Wal-Mart

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A supply chain hall of fame will be established in Rogers, Ark., based on a vote by the board of directors of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, according to officials at the University of Arkansas.

Rogers is located near the headquarters of J. B. Hunt, and Johnelle Hunt, who with her late husband, Johnnie Bryant Hunt, founded the intermodal pioneer, has been a major supporter of the project, according to Matt Waller, dean of the university's Walton College of Business.

Waller calls northwest Arkansas “the hub of supply chain innovation and research,”

Besides J. B. Hunt, the area also hosts the expansive truck fleets of Walmart and Tyson Foods along with the Springdale, Ark., headquarters of short line Arkansas & Missouri, connecting the Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern in Fort Smith, Ark., with BNSF Railway in Monett, Mo.

The university will host the center for its first five years and it will feature exhibit and meeting space on top of a building currently under construction and expected to be completed early in 2020.

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