Eakas Breaks Ground on Auto Parts Plant in Wynne

APRIL 7, 2005 - Posted at 1:29 p.m. CDT

WYNNE, AR - Eakas Arkansas has broken ground on the auto parts plant it plans to open in Wynne.  The Japanese company is expected to eventually hire 250 people, and it is spending $15 million.

Initially, Eakas will hire 75 workers as production begins next year.

The factory will make door handles, mirrors and other parts for exterior and interior use.

State Economic Development director Larry Walther says the plant will provide an array of benefits to east Arkansas.  He also said Eakas will benefit from the workforce available in the region.

Eakas is owned by Sakae Riken Kogyo Company, a Japanese firm that has one other plant in North America, a factory in Peru, Illinois.

The plant will be built on a 40-acre site south of Wynne on Highway 1.

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