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Since opening in 1975, the Dassault Falcon Jet aircraft completion facility in Little Rock has experienced soaring growth, delivering more than 1,000 aircraft. In fact, Dassault Falcon Jet leaders have said that “every moment of every day there is a piece of Little Rock flying someplace in the world.” It is the largest Dassault Falcon Jet facility in the world thanks to a series of expansions, including a 350,000-square-foot, $60 million addition completed in 2015.
Fortune 500 company FIS is the world’s largest provider of dedicated banking and payment technologies. FIS’s global location in Little Rock employs 1,300 professionals that provide technology solutions in multitude of areas. FIS also powers the FIS FinTech Accelerator out of The Venture Center in Little Rock. The rigorous 12-week program draws cutting-edge FinTech startups from all over the world to connect with mentors and business solutions.
Kimberly-Clark has had a presence in Metro Little Rock since 1970 and continues to invest in the region. The company’s plant in Maumelle, AR is a model of efficiency. Established nearly 30 years ago, the manufacturing plant employs approximately 300 skilled workers to produce Huggies® brand baby wipes. In 2015, the company announced a $68 million expansion in Maumelle, increasing the sprawling 400,000 square-foot facility by another 40,000 square feet.
Skippy Peanut Butter, a brand of Hormel Foods, opened its production facility in Little Rock in 1977. Since that time, two additional production facilities consolidated into plant, making it the world’s sole producer and packager of Skippy Peanut Butter. Over the past decades, the 158,000 square-foot production and packaging plant has thrived on the innovative spirit of the Central Arkansas, with a skillful workforce that has adapted and streamlined production to stay ahead of the curve in modern food processing.
Arkansas-based Walmart Inc. has one of the largest private distribution networks in the world, with one of the most efficient transportation and logistics systems around. The Wal-Mart distribution center in Searcy is energized by a workforce that has been recognized by OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program for exemplary health and safety. In Searcy, Walmart benefits from Metro Little Rock’s robust interstate infrastructure to distribute billions of cases of merchandise annually.
A global leader in food safety management, Safe Foods Corporation is one of more than 20 successful spinoffs of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) BioVentures program. In 2018, Safe Foods announced the purchase of a 120,000-square-foot, $15 million facility located on 22 acres in North Little Rock. The World Headquarters location brings the company’s operations under roof and provides exceptional access to adjacent rail and interstate transportation systems.
Known as one of the largest, most experienced and most respected experts in data-driven marketing, Acxiom is a homegrown Central Arkansas company that helps the world’s best marketers better understand their customers so they can reach people with relevance rather than randomness. The world’s biggest companies depend on Acxiom, including nine of the top 10 credit card issuers, seven of the top 10 retail banks and eight of the top 10 telecom/media companies.
North Little Rock is home to L’Oréal USA’s largest global manufacturing plant. The 800,000-square-foot facility, is a model of eco-friendly manufacturing. The company’s energy conservation plan, which includes the third-largest commercial solar panel project in Arkansas, resulted in an 84 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. Behind the L’Oréal plant are more than 450 workers and professionals, many of whom come from Metro Little Rock’s deep and skilled manufacturing workforce.
Founded in Arkansas, Tyson Foods is the second-largest food production company on the Fortune 500 list. With a workforce of 1,500 across multiple plants, Tyson is one of Metro Little Rock’s largest food processing employers. The company’s facilities in Metro Little Rock include a $40 million processing plant at the Harbor Industrial District in Pine Bluff and a plant in North Little Rock, which celebrated 50 years of continuous operation in 2018.
When Dillard’s was searching for a location for a new high-tech facility, it didn’t need to look far. The Arkansas-based Fortune 500 retail leader chose Maumelle, AR for an 850,000-square-foot internet fulfillment center. Approximately 350 workers process orders – preparing and packaging clothes, home decor items and other products ordered by customers. The eco-friendly facility is equipped with advanced distribution and fulfillment capabilities, including robotics that enhance efficiency.
Snack company Hostess Brands, Inc. announced in 2022 its plans to open a state-of-the-art bakery in Clark County, Arkansas. The new location is expected to be operational in the second half of 2023 and bring approximately 150 new jobs to the community over the next three years. Hostess Brands, whose iconic foods include Donettes, Twinkies, CupCakes and Ding Dongs, plans to invest $120 million to $140 million to transform a 330,000-square-foot facility in Arkadelphia into a next-generation bakery.
Headquartered in Little Rock with roasting and distribution facilities in Conway and North Little Rock, Westrock Coffee Company is the leading integrated coffee, tea, and extract service provider in the United States, providing sourcing and financing, supply chain management, roasting, packaging, and distribution services to retailers, restaurants, convenience stores, commercial accounts, and hospitality customers around the world.
Mountain Valley Spring Water is an American brand of spring water bottled in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It has been bottled continuously since 1871 and is currently owned by Clear Mountain Spring Water Company of Little Rock. Mountain Valley Spring Water is distributed across the United States. There’s no other water like The Mountain Valley. Bottled […]