Newport to Get 425 Jobs at New Shoe Plant

AUGUST 24, 2005 - Posted at 2:58 p.m. CDT

NEWPORT, AR - A molded shoe products plant is planning to bring 425 jobs to Newport.

America's Choice Products is to hire 70 workers immediately and expand to 425 workers within five years.

The company says it will sell to retailers that include Wal-Mart, L.L. Bean, Implus and Dr. Scholl's of Europe.

The plant will be in the American Lantern building in Newport.

America's Choice chief executive John Carroll says the company's high-tech equipment is allowing it to create jobs in the U.S., where labor costs are higher than many overseas countries.

America's Choice is a partially owned subsidiary of NewGrange Group, based in North Smithfield, Rhode Island.  The company is expanding its plastic injection molding product lines.  The new lines will include products such as pet toys, kitchen supplies and athletic equipment.

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