MARMADUKE, AR (KAIT) - More jobs will soon be rolling into Greene County.
American Railcar Industries (ARI) announced Wednesday that it is expanding its tank railcar manufacturing plant in Marmaduke.
The company plans to invest $10.5 million in buildings and equipment and hire 75 new full-time employees.
"Our strong team of employees at our Marmaduke facility, as well as all of our facilities, continue to support the success of our business," said Jeff Hollister, president and CEO of ARI.
Local and state officials applauded ARI's announcement.
"ARI has been and continues to be a tremendous asset to Marmaduke," said Mayor Steve Dixon. "This investment shows continued confidence in our community and we as the leaders here, appreciate that vote of approval. We look forward to the continued growth of ARI in Northeast Arkansas."
"Many Arkansas families will experience a better quality of life due to ARI's decision to expand this facility," said Governor Asa Hutchinson.
According to a news release from ARI, the expansion will allow the company to retrofit tank railcars to meet stricter safety standards imposed by the United States and Canada earlier this year.
"The capital invested in our Marmaduke facility will serve to further diversify our business to meet current and anticipated demand for retrofits, tank certifications and railcar maintenance," said Hollister.
The Marmaduke facility opened in 1999. In addition to it, ARI opened a hopper railcar assembly plant in Paragould in 1995.
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