Central States Manufacturing Inc. is set to begin construction today on a $24 million plant in Springdale that will create up to 140 jobs.
The employee-owned company based in Northwest Arkansas makes metal roofing siding and buildings. Serving more than 6,000 customers from 11 manufacturing plants, with two others under construction, Central States Manufacturing has more than 1,300 workers.
The 105,000-square-foot plant will be at the corner of Old Wire Road and Kendrick Avenue, company officials said in a news release on Wednesday. It's expected to open in 2025.
Initially, the facility will employ 55 workers. But as it grows and starts a second shift, the company expects it will need 140 employees.
Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse said that Central States Manufacturing's advanced steel manufacturing processes "will [raise] the city's already strong industrial sector."
"This project is a good example of Springdale's commitment to job growth and minimizing unnecessary barriers to business expansion," Sprouse said.
"The city's major road widening project to the south should further strengthen Central States Manufacturing's growth potential as it serves the region's construction needs," Sprouse said.
Jim Silker, the company's chief executive officer, said the new plant "reflects our ongoing commitment to delivering top-quality products and services to our customers."
Silker also said the company was announcing its newly re-branded Central States Building Works business, which "serves customers across the country with material-only packages for mini-storage and rigid metal building business."
Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that "Arkansas' economy is booming and with that comes new facilities, businesses, homes -- and the manufacturing jobs that supply them all."
"I'm thankful for Central States Manufacturing's continued commitment to Northwest Arkansas and their newest investment in their community," she said.
The company said its decision to build this state-of-the-art facility in Springdale reflects its dedication to its roots "and its mission to provide quality products while supporting the local economy."
The technological investment in the operation is "significant," the company said. "State-of-the-art welding equipment and other advancements will significantly enhance productivity and efficiency."
"Moreover, these technological updates align with Central States' commitment to environmental responsibility as metal is a sustainable choice for buildings in commercial, agricultural, industrial and residential segments," the company said.
These advances will position Central States Manufacturing for years to come, the company said.
The company's corporate office is in Tontitown.