SPRINGDALE – An exhibit unveiled Thursday honoring the induction of Springdale business icons John W. Tyson and Joe M. Steele into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is now open to the public at the Arts Center of the Ozarks through Feb. 15. The exhibit debuted to a VIP reception of more than 200, acknowledging their contributions to Northwest Arkansas and their families. The exhibit is available for viewing Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free.
Both Tyson and Steele will be inducted posthumously into the Arkansas Business Hall of Honor at a Little Rock banquet Feb. 8. With 11 inductees from Springdale, only Little Rock can boast of more inductees into the prestigious hall. Tyson is well known for hauling a truckload of chickens to sell in Chicago and growing that success into a worldwide poultry leader. Steele, owner of one of the nation’s most successful canning companies, was instrumental in ensuring the completion of Beaver Dam, Beaver Lake and the water treatment plant at Beaver Water District that has led to the economic growth of the region.
Included in the exhibit are artifacts related to Steele Canning Company’s production of Popeye Spinach. Popeye the Sailor Man is celebrating his 90th anniversary this year. Also on display is an original Achievement “A” Food for Freedom Flag presented to Steele Canning Company during World War II. The company redirected 70 percent of its canning production to feed the Allies during the war.
For more information, contact the Arts Center of the Ozarks at 479-751-5441.