Delta Industrial Site Could Be Future Home To Auto Parts Factory

September 4, 2003 - Posted at: 10:00 p.m. CDT

MARION, Ark. -- In an effort to bounce-back from losing out to a Texas site for a proposed Toyota facility six months ago, Crittenden County industrial recruiting officials are looking again to bring industry to the Delta.

County and City officials aren't releasing any information about the possibility of negotiations this week. The only thing they have reported is the fact that the industry they're talking to is an auto parts manufacturer. They say if plans are successful for a proposed first phase of the possible factory, there could be a second phase on the way.

"Certainly, we would hope that we could get something here that could stimulate the economy," said Marion resident Mark Baber.

Toyota officials told Crittenden County Economic Development recruiters that their decision to head to Texas instead of Marion was about geography. They wanted to be closer to Mexico, and be able to have a strategic area to get a stronger hold on the Texas truck market.