The Systems Group Announces Expansion to El Dorado Fabrication and Machine Shop, Adding 60 New JobsMay 02, 2022
May 2, 2022 – El Dorado, AR – The Systems Group will expand its main fabrication and machine shop in El Dorado, Ark., the company announced today. Systems will be purchasing 47 acres of land next to the company’s current El Dorado facility and expanding operations to make more of its patented Spray-Cooled™ equipment, which is used to prevent electric arc furnaces from melting while producing new liquid steel.
Systems plans to invest in land, equipment, and buildings and hire 60 new employees in El Dorado. The expansion is already underway, and the company is currently searching for good welders, fitters, and fabricators to join its team.
“This is an exciting time in the steel industry,” said Lee Morgan, president and owner of Systems. “America is going through a resurgence of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the USA, and our business is benefiting from that. The steel industry is investing in new mills and expansions, and as a result, Systems’ orders are dramatically increasing for our Spray-Cooled™ equipment, SMAC air cleaners, and our maintenance and construction services. This expansion will help us triple the equipment we currently build in Arkansas.”
Charles Hays Jr., CEO of Systems, explained why the company chose El Dorado. “We are very excited to bring more jobs to South Arkansas. Most of our competitors build their equipment overseas and import it. We are proud to make our Spray-Cooled™ equipment right here in the USA. We proudly put ‘Made in the USA’ in big letters on our equipment and our customers love it. We are committed to growing in El Dorado.”
Systems qualified for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s (AEDC) Advantage Arkansas Program, which provides state income tax credit for job creation based on the number of new employees hired as a result of the project, and the AEDC Tax Back Program, which provides sales tax refunds on building materials, taxable machinery, and equipment associated with the project.
“The Systems Group continues to build on the momentum in the steel industry as more and more manufacturing jobs are returning to the country,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “We are excited that The Systems Group decided to expand their operations in El Dorado and that they have found the people and business climate here that will enable them to meet the growing demands of their clients. Because of the confidence they have in our South Arkansas workforce, 60 employees will have jobs that will improve their financial bottom lines and quality of life.”
“The Systems Group is a great example of why we need to invest more in our skilled workforce,” Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said. “The new jobs being created in El Dorado are for welders, fitters, and fabricators – jobs that are in high demand throughout the state that can lead to lifelong career opportunities. We look forward to working with The Systems Group as they continue to grow.”
The Systems Group mission statement is “Engineered Solutions for a safer, more productive steel industry.” With this expansion, the company is delivering on this mission. Arkansas will soon lead the nation in the steel industry, and Systems plans to be a vital part of that role for a long time to come.