PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Governor Asa Hutchinson traveled to Paragould for a job creation announcement on Wednesday.
American Railcar Industries announced Corbitt Manufacturing, a component manufacturing operation within ARI, is starting a new manufacturing facility on Jones Road.
Mayor Mike Gaskill said this will have a positive impact on the city.
"Once you have people who are working it creates a higher economy," Gaskill said. "When people have more money to spend and they can do things in their life. It's all about jobs and being able to find something they enjoy doing, a place they enjoy working for. But here in our community, so many jobs have been created over the last 20 years that it has been a tremendous asset to what we have here. And this just adds to it. And these folks are coming because of the kind of place that Paragould is."
President of American Railcar Industries Jeff Hollister said ARI has been in Paragould for over twenty years.
He said it's the community that first pulled the company to the area and has kept it there and growing ever since.
"The people that came before me chose this area," Hollister said. "They chose it because of the work ethic and the commitment from the employees. Employees make the difference in our business. It's a very competitive industry and we're just very happy to be in this area because of the work ethic of the people."
Governor Hutchinson said this job growth will have an effect on the entire state.
"Corbitt Manufacturing is part of the supply chain for American Railcar," Hutchinson said. "Whenever they want to integrate the supply chain, but they want to locate that in Northeast Arkansas, that's really good for the present and future growth. It's also good paying jobs. These jobs will average $22. So, it reflects our growth in the state of Arkansas and the fact that we are growing in our wage pay scale. And that's good for all the families of this state."
The company is investing $3.5 million in the project and plan to create up to 60 new jobs.
"It shows the continued investment in Northeast Arkansas in terms of jobs in the railcar industry," Hutchinson said. "It shows the commitment of one company that has over 1,000 employees and their continuation to grow in this area."
ARI opened a freight railcar assembly factory in 1995.
It was the first major railcar assembly plant in ARI's manufacturing network.
They opened a second plant in Marmaduke in 1999.
"It gives our citizens another opportunity and a reason to live here," Gaskill said. "And anytime we have an opportunity to create jobs with local industry it makes a big difference."
Those interested in applying for a job at Corbitt's new facility can contact the Paragould Workforce Office at 1015 Linwood Drive, call 870-236-6785, or go to this website.
For job opportunities at ARI, click here.
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