Manila manufacturing facility to expand adding 35 new jobs

Manila manufacturing facility to expand adding 35 new jobs

MANILA, AR (KAIT) - More jobs are coming to the Manila area with the planned expansion of a manufacturing facility.

The announcement Wednesday centered on plans for Southworth Products Corporation to invest $935,000 to expand.

"As we move into 2016, Southworth has just completed its 125th year in business and its 36th year of focusing its manufacturing operations in Manila, Arkansas," said Southworth CEO Brian McNamara said as part of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission news release.

Cliff Chitwood with Mississippi County Economic Development told Region 8 News a day before the official announcement that the company plans to add 35 jobs to the company. Pay for the positions will range between $17 and $20 per hour.

Chitwood says the company makes specialty lift items for several businesses including Walmart.

Mississippi County Judge Randy Carney says the company is the second oldest industry in Manila.

For information about career opportunities with Southworth, click here.

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