Saw a couple of reports about a new 150-job business coming to Hot Springs, but nobody offered any details.

Here’s what the 150 people will be doing:

Turns out they’ll be producing passports for the State Department.

Stanley will immediately begin construction of the secure Book Personalization Facility in Hot Springs. It plans to hire more than 150 full-time and part-time employees in the next 12 to 18 months at the facility, with production operations expected to begin in spring 2007. The State Department produced more than 12 million passports in the past year. With the award of this contract, the Department will significantly increase its production capacity to meet the growing demand for U.S. passports and continue to provide timely services to the American public.