ASH FLAT — Emerson will open a new facility in Sharp County, where it plans to invest $35 million and create about 245 new jobs within four years.

The Ash Flat facility will operate within the company’s “tools and home products” segment and will manufacture products for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing industries, Craig Sumner, president of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio in North America, said in a news release.

“We greatly appreciate the support of Governor Hutchinson, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority and the other local, state and federal officials who helped to finalize plans for our new location in Ash Flat,” Sumner said in a news release Monday. “The new facility’s proximity to our Memphis Distribution Center will allow for reduced lead times for shipping of products and materials, improvements in customer service and opportunities for growth while achieving operational excellence.”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson praised the company for choosing Ash Flat.

“Since its inception more than 130 years ago, Emerson has developed a reputation as a company that combines innovation and a commitment to the communities where it operates,” Hutchinson said. “We are pleased that company leadership has chosen Ash Flat as the site of its new facility, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Emerson was founded in St. Louis in 1890 as a manufacturer of electric motors and fans. Emerson formerly operated plants in Paragould, Batesville and Kennett, Mo.

Over the past century, the company has grown from a regional manufacturer into a global technology and software solutions powerhouse.

“Emerson has built a legacy as a global leader renowned for its innovative solutions, and we are pleased that Arkansas has become part of Emerson’s story,” Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said. “Thanks to the company’s investment and commitment to Ash Flat, as well as the overwhelming support of community partners such as the Northeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority, North Arkansas Electric, Ozarka College, FNBC Bank and the White River Planning and Development District, we are one step closer to putting more Arkansans back to work.”

The project also received support from local, state, and federal partners such as the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), AEDC, the City of Ash Flat and Sharp County.

The company cited proximity to customers throughout North America and quality workforce among its reasons for locating in Arkansas. Ozarka College and Black River Technical College will both collaborate with the company to develop a workforce training program tailored to the company’s needs.

Sharp County Judge Gene Moore also expressed his excitement. “Our workforce in Sharp County will be a valuable resource as the company seeks quality, dependable people to continue its record of success.”

Ash Flat Mayor Larry Fowler said, “It is no surprise that a growing company like Emerson recognizes the quality of our workforce and the advantage of our central location. We are proud of our city and look forward to welcoming Emerson as the newest member of our business community.”

Construction is scheduled to begin this year.

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