Batesville to Get $1.8 million to Help Redo Plant

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Conversion of an industrial plant to allow a workforce expansion of hundreds of jobs will be paid for in part with a $1.8 million federal grant awarded to the city, according to members of the Arkansas congressional delegation.

Emerson Climate Technologies' White-Rodgers facility has been a machining facility, but the company announced plans in August to convert it to manufacture components for the company's air conditioning compressors.

The expansion and retrooling is expected to bring 390 new full-time jobs to the region, according to an announcement from U.S. Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and Rep. Marion Berry, all D-Ark. Lincoln said in the announcement that the grant resulted from talks among Emerson's CEO, David Farr, Gov. Mike Beebe, the state Economic Development Commission, and the federal Economic Development Administration.

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