Manufacturing in Metro Little Rock

Productivity and progress assemble in Central Arkansas.

From automotive and aerospace to consumer products, Metro Little Rock manufacturers are leveraging the region’s competitive, pro-business environment to produce a supply chain of unsurpassed success.

Manufacturing in Arkansas is made easy in Metro Little Rock, where farmland, greenspace, industrial and warehouse space converge to form an affordable and convenient industrial hub. The area’s well-connected transportation network offers manufacturers – Caterpillar and Remington, to name two – unrivaled access to markets. Airports, river ports, railways and major interstates are all within easy reach. The Harbor Industrial District at the Port of Pine Bluff and the Port of Little Rock are among the region’s great assets.

Jay Chesshir, CCE President & CEO

Jay Chesshir, CCE

President & CEO


Metro Little Rock is home to two ports, including the Foreign Trade Zone 14-designated Port of Little Rock, enabling the flow of manufactured goods with ease.
The region's skilled engineering and production workforce is bolstered by 20 colleges and universities, many of which offer manufacturing-focused programs.


Establishments 579
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017
Average Employment 20,312
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017
Average Salary $53,426
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017
Success Stories

L’Oréal USA

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.

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