Czech gun company to open manufacturing plant in Little Rock

Czech gun company to open manufacturing plant in Little Rock
Firearms manufacturer CZ-USA announced plans to locate their North American headquarters and new manufacturing facility at the Port of Little Rock.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials say a Czech gun manufacturer will open its North American headquarters in Little Rock at a production plant that the company says will ultimately hire 565 employees.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, along with Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, said Tuesday that CZ-USA, the U.S. arm of a Czech gun company, will invest up to $90 million over a six-year period to build and staff its second factory worldwide.

The company's chairman, Bogdan Heczko (HECH'-ko), says Little Rock felt like home when representatives from the more than 80-year-old company visited the city last year.

Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director Mike Preston says the company will receive an incentive package from the state which includes forgivable loans, grants, tax rebates and tax refunds.