Signode announces expansion at Fordyce facility, creates 31 new jobs

 July 09, 2020

FORDYCE, Ark. – Signode Industrial Group LLC, a leading transit-packaging provider with more than 80 manufacturing facilities worldwide, will expand its operations in Fordyce, Arkansas, creating 31 new full-time jobs over the next 12 months, the company announced today.

“Signode’s confidence in Arkansas is a testament to how a skilled manufacturing workforce can influence companies seeking to move or expand, and we are pleased to partner with Signode in this endeavor,” Arkansas Secretary of Commerce and Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Mike Preston said.

Signode manufactures transit packaging consumables, tools, software, and equipment that optimize end-of line packaging operations and protect products in transit. The company has operated in Arkansas for nearly 50 years and currently has a total of 218 full-time employees across its facilities in Benton, Sheridan, and Fordyce.

 “As we look to optimize our manufacturing footprint and operational efficiencies, our existing facilities and excellent workforce in Arkansas are well-suited to handle the growth and transformation we have planned for the future,” Signode’s Vice President of Supply Chain and Project Management Keith Kushner stated.  “Signode’s partnership with the AEDC and local communities over the years has been extremely positive and helped facilitate this decision.  We thank them for their ongoing support to help us grow our business.”

Along with its decision to expand at its Fordyce facility, the company also announced plans to re-purpose and grow its Sheridan operations as well. While products currently produced at Sheridan will move to Fordyce, additional product lines will move into the Sheridan plant over the next year to utilize its existing skilled workforce.  As part of this transition, each of the 23 employees currently working at the company’s Angleboard facility in Benton will have the opportunity to transfer to the Sheridan site.

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About Signode Industrial Group

With over $2B in revenue, 80+ manufacturing facilities across 6 continents and over 7,000 employees worldwide, Signode is a leading manufacturer of a broad spectrum of transit packaging consumables, tools, software, and equipment that optimize end-of line packaging operations and protect products in transit. Signode brings this extensive product portfolio together under hundreds of trusted brands to offer complete transit packaging solutions to its customers.
Signode produces strap, stretch and protective packaging. Signode also manufactures packaging tools and equipment used to apply the bulk packaging materials. These commercial packaging products are used to pack, bundle, unitize, protect and secure goods during warehousing and transit. The company is a pioneer in the industrial packaging sector with a long history of customer-focused innovations in materials, processes and automation technology that have revolutionized the sector.

About About the Arkansas Economic Development Commission 

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), a division of the Arkansas Department of Commerce, seeks to create economic opportunity by attracting higher-paying jobs, expanding and diversifying local economies in the state, increasing incomes and investment, and generating positive growth throughout The Natural State. Arkansas is a pro-business environment operating leaner, faster and more focused through a streamlined state government designed to act on corporate interests quickly and decisively. For more information, visit www.ArkansasEDC.com. The Arkansas Department of Commerce is the umbrella department for workforce and economic development drivers. Its divisions and regulatory boards include Division of Aeronautics, Waterways Commission, Wine Producers Council, Division of Workforce Services, Office of Skills Development, State Bank Department, Insurance Department, Securities Department, Economic Development Commission and Development Finance Authority. It was established July 2019 as part of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s wide-sweeping efficiency and transformation efforts to reduce 42 cabinet agencies to 15 while maintaining services for all Arkansans.