- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A nonprofit company that manages the power grid from the Gulf Coast to Manitoba says it has officially transferred its South operations from its main control center in Carmel, Indiana, to its new Little Rock operations center.

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator says the transfer was made at midnight Sunday and will help keep utility costs down.

The $22 million, 50,000-square-foot center has about 40 employees who will manage power production and transmission in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. It is linked to similar MISO (MY’-soh) centers in Indiana and Minnesota.

MISO President John Bear likened the place to an air traffic control center with toll gates.

Vice President Todd Hillman said Arkansas’ recent push to promote careers in technology and engineering drew the company to the state.

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