Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

Driving Forward

Hino Motors Manufacturing USA, located in Marion, produces parts and components for several Toyota vehicles. The company recently announced an expansion of this facility, which includes a $55 million investment and 200 additional jobs. The quality and availability of the Arkansas workforce was cited as a factor in this expansion.

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Little Rock, our capital city, was ranked #1 place to live in small to midsized cities. 

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Companies finding success in Arkansas

When opening its road grader facility in North Little Rock, Caterpillar, Inc. representatives said they were pleased about the quality of the workforce and available workforce training opportunities.

Ben France

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Incentives
  • Income Tax Credits
  • Infrastructure Grants
  • Payroll Rebates
  • Sales Tax Credits & Refunds
Education/Workforce
  • 13% of the state’s workforce is employed in manufacturing; 12,000 employed in transportation equipment manufacturing
  • 2nd highest percentage of manufacturing employment in the South and 3rd highest in the nation
  • Labor force of nearly 1.3 million projected to increase 7% from 2013 to 2023
  • Arkansas is home to 24 four-year colleges and universities and 22 two-year public colleges
  • Nearly 50% of Arkansans have an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree or have attended some college
Available Buildings and Sites
  • 200+ LEED Certified facilities
  • 100+ available buildings of Class A office space ranging from 10,000 to 370,000 square feet
  • 275+ available industrial buildings ranging from 10,000 to 2.1 million square feet
  • Competitive purchase prices and lease rates
  • Sites ranging from 10 to 10,200 acres available across the state
  • 175+ sites with interstate access
  • 40 sites that are rail served
Transportation & Infrastructure

Arkansas is centrally located between Mexico City and Montreal, offering easy access to 40% of the U.S. population. The state's transportation infrastructure provides a variety of efficient options to get products to market. Major market centers in the region include Memphis, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, New Orleans and St. Louis.

Highways

  • I-40, reaching from North Carolina to California, runs through Arkansas
  • I-55 links eastern Arkansas to St. Louis & Chicago to the north and New Orleans to the south
  • I-30 connects Arkansas with markets to the southwest, including Texas and Mexico

Rail

  • 3 Class I Systems: Union Pacific, BNSF Railway and Kansas City Southern Railway
  • Union Pacific operates major yards in Little Rock and Pine Bluff
  • 22 smaller railroads operate over more than 27,000 miles of track
  • 40 available sites which are rail served

Air

  • Major commercial airports are located in Central and Northwest Arkansas: The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport has 120+ flight arrivals and departures each day, with non-stop jet service to 16 national/international gateway cities. Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport provides non-stop service to 14 national/international gateway cities on nearly 50 flights each day.
  • Memphis International Airport is located less than 15 miles from the Arkansas state line
  • 6 regional airports located throughout the state

Water

  • 3 ports located along the Arkansas River: Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Fort Smith 
  • 4 Mississippi River terminals: Osceola, West Memphis, Helena and McGehee