Governor cuts ribbon on $35 million factory in Ash Flat

Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 11:51 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 1:29 PM CDT
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ASH FLAT, Ark. (KAIT) - Governor Asa Hutchinson traveled to Ash Flat Friday to cut the ribbon on a new $35 million manufacturing plant.

Emerson’s new 277,000-square-foot will create 285 jobs over the next few years, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

The plant will make specialty professional electrical tools for the St. Louis-headquartered technology and software company.

Emerson’s new 277,000-square-foot will create 285 jobs over the next few years.
Emerson’s new 277,000-square-foot will create 285 jobs over the next few years.(Emerson)

“Today is the culmination of the strong partnerships we have forged over the past two years with local, state, and federal organizations, and we deeply appreciate their support,” said Craig Sumner, president of Emerson’s professional tools business. We are looking forward to establishing strong ties here in the Ash Flat community.”

According to a company news release, Emerson selected Ash Flat in 2020 for “the quality workforce available in the area and its close proximity to the company’s Memphis distribution center.”

“Emerson has honored Arkansas by returning to the state and selecting Ash Flat for its expansion and new facility,” Gov. Hutchinson was quoted as saying. “With our state’s dedicated workforce and low costs of doing business, Emerson is proof that Arkansas has the tools in place to take new and expanding companies into their next phases of growth.”

Emerson currently employs more than 150 people at the facility and plans to add 135 more jobs over the next four years.

For current job openings, visit emerson.com/en-us/careers and search Ash Flat.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Commerce Secretary Mike Preston were in attendance for Friday’s ribbon cutting.

Preston said the company had a unique way of battling supply chain issues.

“What they’ve done is just shortened the supply chain. They pointed out, we got that from Jonesboro, we got that from Batesville, we got that from Little Rock, so when you can shorten that supply chain, and not have to worry about getting from overseas and focus on domestic production, specifically Arkansas production, it helps you out a lot.”

Gov. Hutchinson touched on the importance of this facility in the area, as well as in Arkansas.

He says since he took the office, plants like these have been a major thing for his staff.

“This is why I put a high priority on recruiting industry and expansion of existing industry in our state because it means so much to our communities.”

The governor said without the community, the addition of Emerson to the area wouldn’t be possible.

“This is a joy of the support of the community for job creation and it makes a difference in people’s lives.”

>>>WATCH NOW: Full ribbon cutting of Ash Flat facility by Gov. Hutchinson

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