Emerson will open a new facility in Ash Flat, where it plans to invest $35 million and create approximately 245 new jobs within four years, according to a release from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
“We greatly appreciate the support of Gov. Hutchinson, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority, and the other local, state, and federal officials who helped to finalize plans for our new location in Ash Flat,” said Craig Sumner, president of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio in North America. “The new facility’s close proximity to our Memphis Distribution Center will allow for reduced lead times for shipping of products and materials, improvements in customer service and opportunities for growth while achieving operational excellence.”
The Arkansas facility will operate within the company’s “tools and home products” segment and will manufacture products for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing industries.
“Since its inception more than 130 years ago, Emerson has developed a reputation as a company that combines innovation and a commitment to the communities where it operates,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “We are pleased that company leadership has chosen Ash Flat as the site of its new facility, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
Emerson was founded in St. Louis in 1890 as a manufacturer of electric motors and fans. Over the past century, the company has grown from a regional manufacturer into a global technology and software solutions company.
“Emerson has built a legacy as a global leader renowned for its innovative solutions, and we are pleased that Arkansas has become part of Emerson’s story.” Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said. “Thanks to the company’s investment and commitment to Ash Flat, as well as the overwhelming support of community partners such as the Northeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority, North Arkansas Electric, Ozarka College, FNBC Bank, and the White River Planning and Development District, we are one step closer to putting more Arkansans back to work.”
The project also received support from local, state, and federal partners such as the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), AEDC, the City of Ash Flat, and Sharp County.
“I am proud that DRA funds will play a part in enhancing public infrastructure to help create opportunities for new jobs in Sharp County,” said Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell. “When state, local, and federal entities work with private industry partners, it results in a successful outcome for economic growth. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Hutchinson, hundreds of new skilled laborers will be trained and working in Arkansas.”
The company cited proximity to customers throughout North America and quality workforce among its reasons for locating in Arkansas. Ozarka College and Black River Technical College will both collaborate with the company to develop a workforce training program tailored to the company’s needs.
“We are excited that Emerson has selected Ash Flat for its newest manufacturing facility,” Sharp County Judge Gene Moore said. “Our workforce in Sharp County will be a valuable resource as the company seeks quality, dependable people to continue its record of success.”
“It is no surprise that a growing company like Emerson recognizes the quality of our workforce and the advantage of our central location,” said Ash Flat Mayor Larry Fowler. “We are proud of our city and look forward to welcoming Emerson as the newest member of our business community.”
Construction is scheduled to begin this year.
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