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Pocahontas, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

A Shining Tool for Safety Manufactured in Region 8

POCAHONTAS, AR -- A Pocahontas company is helping make sure law enforcement officers and construction workers are safe when working along the side of the road.

They make safety vests that include some technology that's new to the product.  The company has joined forces with a Cincinnati company called Centurion Group to make the vests that light up.

The vests are already in use by companies across the United States and in Region 8.

"They're a great eye opener for the people traveling the roads," said Pocahontas Police Chief Chad Mulligan.

The vests have really helped his officers in the line of duty. 

"The old ones-- they work great when there's something in hand like a flashlight but these light up when you turn them on so you can see them a good half mile away," said Mulligan.

Mulligan said the bright colored reflective vests are great for officers to wear at events so that someone in trouble won't have a hard time locating the officer.

"I believe this vest will save lives.  There's no question about it," said Mulligan.

The vests are already in use in ten states and are becoming more and more popular as more people find out about them.

To support their demand, the company will move to three shifts a day seven days a week in the next few months.

"Whenever we get this product going we expect to employ 60 people and then within a few days we're going to move to 120 employees," said company owner Bill Williams.

And that's not all; the company is also going to be featured on national television.

"We manufacturer a product right now for some company in California for safety vests for children that is going on the Oprah Winfrey show sometime in May or June," said

The company plans to make a trick or treat bag for families to purchase for Halloween that feature the phosphorous strips so that kids can be seen.

They also make hats, t-shirts, belts, and bags with the reflective phosphorous material.

The reflective vests can run anywhere from $5 to $45 depending on what is on it.  To buy the vests or other products you can contact Bill Williams at 870-248-1006.

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