Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Walmart Suppliers

Arkansas: Center of the Walmart Universe

The first Walmart store opened in Northwest Arkansas in 1962. Today, more than 1,300 Walmart suppliers have a presence in Northwest Arkansas, most within 30 miles of the Walmart home office, located in Bentonville, Arkansas.

In 2013, Walmart announced a plan to spend an additional $50 billion on products “Made in the USA”over the next ten years. Suppliers looking to reshore manufacturing operations closer to Walmart can’t find a better location than Walmart’s own backyard.

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Walmart operates the largest private trucking fleet in the U.S. with 4 million total store deliveries per year

Companies finding success in Arkansas

More than 1,300 Walmart suppliers have a presence in Northwest Arkansas, most within 30 miles of the Walmart home office, located in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Mark Hamer

Senior Project Manager, International Business Development
501-682-2551
(501) 682-7394
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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
  • 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