Friday, October 21, 2011

Rep. Crawford: Jobs for Northeast Arkansas

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01): This has been a good week for jobs in Northeast Arkansas.

Monday, I was in Helena to help announce the creation of 87 new jobs. Four companies announced plans to move operations to Helena-West Helena, or expand current operations. The new and expanding companies are:
  • Enviro Tech will make a $1.5 million investment in the community and create 30 new jobs. Enviro Tech is a chemical company based in Modesto, California and will produce chemicals in Helena-West Helena that will be used in meat sanitation processes.
  • Delta American Fuel already employs 10 people in Helena but they are looking to hire 30 more employees as their biodiesel production facilities expand.
    Quapaw Products plans to invest $1 million and create 18 new jobs in Helena-West Helena for their industrial chemical production.
  • Southern Hardware, a mainstay of the Helena-West Helena community since 1914, has plans to spend $2.14 million to expand and modernize their facilities. Southern will add nine jobs locally for their wholesale hardware, plumbing and electrical distribution business.
Just yesterday, I was able to announce the Delta Regional Authority’s plan to invest $400,000 towards the construction of the Northeast Arkansas Convention Center in Jonesboro. The planned convention center project includes plans for hotels and restaurants. All told, the new center will create some 400 jobs in Jonesboro.

Nothing kills the entrepreneurial spirit faster than Washington regulations. In that spirit, I have introduced the FUELS Act that will help small farmers and ranchers bypass intrusive new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. Click here to learn more about the FUELS Act and how it will help small producers.

Without a doubt there is still work to be done to ensure that small businesses are able to grow, employers are able to hire and our economy is headed towards sustained growth. Every day I work to make sure the people back home in Northeast Arkansas are put ahead of the partisan divides in Washington. Together, we will get America back to work.

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