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Food Processing
Metro Little Rock's low labor and facilities costs help food processing companies manage competitive operating margins.
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Located adjacent to Interstate 40, Carlisle is connected to one of the nation's busiest transportation corridors.

Metro Little Rock - Momentum Is Here

The Metro Little Rock Alliance mission is to cultivate regional growth and prosperity throughout the area by marketing the region's strengths and advantages to prospective companies and site location consultants for the purpose of attracting investment and creating jobs.   Five critical factors that determine the success of our Central Arkansas businesses include:

  • Pro-business environment: Centrally-located twelve-county region; low cost of doing business; diverse business base; future-oriented financial services companies; culture of entrepreneurship.

  • Workforce: Large available workforce; affordable technically skilled workers; mobile workforce; good value for wages.

  • Education: Easily accessible universities and community colleges; many workers prefer to remain in the region; low employee turnover; emphasis and support of continuing education; a clear focus by leaders to continually improve K-12 education.

  • Infrastructure and Sites: Low cost of land and construction; low cost of doing business; large utilities capacity; foreign trade zone; central highway system (Intersection of I-40 and I-30); easy access to port, rail and Bill and Hillary Clinton  National Airport facilities.

  • Lifestyle: Low cost of living; variety of available and affordable housing; beautiful natural environment; affordable recreation, entertainment, and cultural venues, including the Clinton Presidential Library, located in Little Rock, Arkansas; many popular recreational venues ranging from horse racing and theme parks to lakes and national parks.

News & Events
TeleTech Opening New Customer Experience Center
TeleTech Holdings, Inc. will open a new customer experience center in Sherwood employing more than 250 people servicing the healthcare industry.
Southwind Milling Announces Plans for Mill at Pine Bluff Port
Southwind Milling Co. LLC is building a rice mill at the Port of Pine Bluff and creating 25 new jobs.
Alliance Rubber Company to Expand Hot Springs facility
Company invests more than $600,000 in expansion, adds 15 new jobs
Ben E. Keith to Expand North Little Rock Facility
Ben E. Keith announced plans to build a new, expanded North Little Rock facility. The company will invest $60 million adding 74 new jobs and retaining 260 current jobs.
MISO Breaks Ground on South Region Operations Center
New facility in Little Rock will enhance coordination and efficiency across all three regions
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