More Jobs Coming to Region 8

January 23, 2004 -- Posted at 5:30 P.M.

PARAGOULD—Employees at American Railcar Industries are tooting their horns over the companies' job growth.

"I'm looking forward to being able to pay the bills longer," said employee John Chandler.

Chandler has been with ARI for the past 7 years, sticking with them even when the economy has not been so stable.

"At the time of the economy this was one of the better paying jobs in the area," said Chandler.

Now Chandler's got even more to be happy about. Officials with the company say this is the right time to grow.

"What we're seeing is the beginning of the economy getting stronger and stronger all the time," said Human Resources Manager Dean Inman.

250 more jobs are expected to open in company locations in Marmaduke, Kennett, and Paragould. They're looking for hard-working talent that can learn a new trade.

"We're looking for people who are willing to undergo weld training and people who are willing to work in our paint shop," said Inman.

"It's a lot of hard-working men and women both. They seem to be friendly, it's a good atmosphere," said Chandler.

If the creation of jobs is good for ARI, workers say good things are coming for the rest of the country.

"We're a leading indicator I think. As the economy strengthens people need to move their goods to wherever they can sell their goods, and many times it's done by railcar. That means orders are generated for us. I think that's where we find ourselves and it's on the way up," said Inman.