Atlas Tube Adding 75 Jobs with Expansion
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was in Blytheville on Tuesday afternoon as Atlas Tube announced it would be expanding its operation here.
The company plans to hire 75 people with a $150 million investment.
Atlas plans to build an ERW mill, which will produce material for the border wall along the Southern border, among other products.
Company, local and state leaders were on hand Tuesday, saying they are excited about the expansion and addition of 75 jobs.
"It's great to be back in Mississippi County," Hutchinson said. "It seems like when I come here there is always good news that you're delivering for the state of Arkansas and that is economic growth and expansion of the steel industry in Mississippi County. You started it, you nurtured it, and you grew it. Today, we are all enjoying the success of investment in Mississippi County."
The governor said one can feel the passion of returning manufacturing in America.
Hutchinson added Arkansans are hard workers who get the job done.
He said the county is benefiting from national policy.
“Last week a 5/4 decision in the Supreme Court allowed President Trump to spend money again for building the wall along our Southern border,” Hutchinson said. “The steel going into the bollards along the Southern border is going to be made right here at Atlas Tube.”
Secretary Mike Preston of the Arkansas Department of Commerce said this project will attract companies to Arkansas.
“This expansion is fantastic for Mississippi County. Anytime you can announce 75 good paying jobs that is a huge impact on the community,” said Preston.
Barry Zekelman of Zekelman Industries announced the expansion of jobs coming to Atlas Tube.
Atlas is a division of Zekelman Industries, the biggest structural tube producer in the world.
“This will create valuable jobs, tax revenue for the state, and a customer base for local businesses,” said Zekelman.
In April, the Mississippi County Quorum Court offered Atlas Tube a $1,050,000 incentive package for its expansion.
The Atlas plant in Blytheville currently employs 100. The county offered the plant $12,000 for each Mississippi County resident it employs with the expansion and $6,000 for residents of Dunklin and Pemiscot counties.
Mississippi County Judge John Alan Nelson said, “We celebrate this continuing success of one of our premiere industries, Atlas Tube has been a good partner to Mississippi County."
The expansion comes almost four years after the factory was temporarily idled because of the oil market back in September 2015.
At the time, Atlas had a capacity for 100 employees.
The company has bounced back strong as the economic conditions have improved.