At the end of last month, Hytrol, the Arkansas-based designer and manufacturer of material handling systems, announced that David Peacock, the company’s president, had been selected as one of Arkansas’ most influential leaders in 2023 by Arkansas Business, a weekly business publication.

In a Dec. 21 news release, Hytrol said the weekly business publication chose the named leaders based on “…their influence over the way Arkansans live, learn and do business across the state.”

“I’m honored to be recognized as part of this influential group,” Peacock said in the statement. “This distinction reflects all the great work Hytrol does in our community, and I’m proud to be part of a company that places such a high value on giving back.”

Peacock has been the President of Hytrol since 2014 and, the company said, led the organization through several record-breaking years. The company added that it has undergone “a tremendous amount of growth,” including an upgraded Technology Center in 2019, the addition of another manufacturing facility in Fort Smith in 2021, and a new distribution center in October 2023.

“No group of Arkansas leaders can be complete without David; his leadership is directly responsible for the growth Hytrol has enjoyed the last several years, including the expansion to Fort Smith,” said Robert Jones, Hytrol’s board chair. 

“Just like the Marine he is, David gets the most out of his team and always accomplishes the mission; he’s a man of integrity who exemplifies each of Hytrol’s core values,” Jones added. “David never met our founder, Tom Loberg, but the way he approaches his job one would think he knew him intimately; we are proud to have David as our president and look forward to continued prosperity under his guidance.” 

In addition to his role at Hytrol, Peacock is a member of the Arkansas Research Alliance Board of Trustees and serves on the Hytrol Board of Directors. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and received his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel and a master’s degree from Webster University in Missouri. 

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