Arkansas companies inspire during COVID-19 pandemic

 August 05, 2020

When the pandemic hit the Natural State, companies throughout Arkansas led in inspiring ways by adapting to uncertainty, contributing to their communities, and helping their employees. We collected examples of Arkansas-based businesses that continue to thrive and innovate despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Intimidator Group, Batesville: Responded to the pandemic with creative operations and sales tactics.

KT Produce, Lowell: Pivoted to sell fresh produce directly to consumers.

Women's Foundation of Arkansas, Little Rock: Providing six $5,000 grants to women-owned small businesses in Arkansas.

Movista, Bentonville: Filling the need for workforce health monitoring.

TY Garments, Little Rock: Dedicated to making and donating PPE to those who need it most.

Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, Statewide: Developed interactive tool designed to give insight into Arkansas hospitals’ bed capacity. 

Hytrol, Jonesboro: Company takes care of employees, suppliers, and community.

Colson Group, Jonesboro: Medical equipment casters manufacturer rises to meet demand.

Ellis Fin Works & Machine, Benton: Company creates brass alloy Safe Touch Key to avoid touching doors, elevator buttons, and more.

Lexicon Fabricators and Constructors, Little Rock: Employees pivot to produce a new aluminum bracket for face shields.

Americo Vinyl & Fabric, West Memphis: Employees shift gears to produce cotton face masks and isolation gowns for local hospitals.

Pine Bluff Arsenal, Pine Bluff:  Produced face masks to protect military personnel, Civilian employees, contractors, and all other individuals on DoD property.

Triumph Group, Hot Springs: Aerospace/Defense company will manufacture medical face masks.

Young Investment Company, Jonesboro: Property owner forgiving rent payment from restaurant tenants in April.  

Pernod Ricard, Ft. Smith: Distillery producing hand sanitizer.

Rock Town Distillery, Little Rock: Distillery producing hand sanitizer.

Arkansas Community Foundation, Statewide: Created the COVID-19 Relief Fund to direct resources to Arkansas nonprofits disproportionately affected by the coronavirus and its economic fallout. 

George's Inc, Springdale: Company will temporarily raise hourly pay for 7,300 employees as an "appreciation bonus" for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tyson, Springdale: Committing $13 million to support critical needs in local communities in the company’s operations footprint.

JB Hunt / Walmart, NWA: Both companies scheduled one-time bonuses for employees on the front lines of the outbreak. 

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