October 21, 2003 - Posted at 2:39 p.m. CDT
WYNNE, AR - A Japanese company announced Tuesday that it will build a new auto parts plant at Wynne, creating eventually some 250 new jobs.
Wynne and Brownsville, Tennessee, were finalists in Eakas Corporation's search for a plant site. The company, based in Peru, Illinois, will make rearview mirrors, door handles and other component parts at the new plant.
Eakas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sakae Riken Kogyo Company of Japan.
Construction of the more than 91-thousand-square-foot building is to begin in January on a 40-acre site on Arkansas One south of Wynne. The first production is targeted for March 2005.
Governor Huckabee and Jim Pickens, director of the Arkansas Economic Development Department, as well as other state and local officials attended the announcement at Wynne High School auditorium.
The company plans to initially open with 75 workers.