SYNTHETIC QUARTZ: Vast amounts of quartz is taken from Arkansas mines and is shipped to Kansas City, where factories convert it into pure quartz slabs which they sell to optics and electronics manufacturers. There are no such factories in Arkansas. Why hasn't somebody started such an operation here? Wouldn't locating a synthetic quartz factory in the Hot Springs/Mount Ida area reduce the cost of production by virtually eliminating the cost of shipping the raw materials? Couldn't a factory located here sell their product for considerably less than a product made hundreds of miles away from the source of their materials?
SAKE: In WWII, hundreds of Japanese-American families from the west coast were relocated to the Arkansas Delta. After the war, some of those families bought property and made their homes here. That's rice country. Arkansas grows 1.24 million acres of rice every year. We've got the raw materials and the legitimizing heritage for someone to start making and selling sake. Has anybody ever tried it?