• Target Industries

  • Food & Beverage

    An abundant fresh water supply, an experienced workforce, low business costs, and a central location all combine to make Clarksville an excellent place to do business for the food and beverage industry.

     

     

      Johnson County is known as the peach capital of Arkansas

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    Major food companies already in the Clarksville area include Bright Harvest Sweet Potato, a manufacturer of frozen sweet potato products; Tyson Foods, Inc., a poultry processing plant and egg hatchery; Butterball, LLC., pre-packaged fresh and frozen turkeys; and ConAgra Foods, maker of Bertolli, P.F. Chang’s and other frozen meals. In 2013 ConAgra Foods expanded its facility in nearby Russellville. An investment of more than $100 million will bring the total employment at this facility to approximately 1,350. "ConAgra Foods' significant investment in this expansion is a testament to the quality of the company's existing workforce in the area," said Grant Tennille, former executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. "Today's groundbreaking further establishes Arkansas's reputation as a hub in the food production sector."

    Advantages for Food & Beverage companies in the Clarksville area:

    Availability of raw materials

    Arkansas has a major agricultural component to its economy, which produces significant raw materials for the food processing industry. Poultry, cattle, corn and soybeans are all grown in the Johnson County area. Additionally, the following are the state’s national rankings in various agricultural production categories important to health and international food processing:

    • No. 1 in Rice
    • No. 2 in Broilers
    • No. 3 in Catfish
    • No. 4 in Turkeys
    • No. 8 in Eggs
    • No. 10 in Soybeans
    • No. 13 in Beef/Cows
    • No. 15 in Tomatoes

     

    Water

    The Cole Westbrook Fruit Research Station in Johnson County is part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The station provides a site for research on a number of fruit crops due to its location within a unique microclimate. Research covers peaches, apples, nectarines, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and pecans.
     

    Transportation Routes

    Clarksville is located on Interstate 40 and is within a day’s drive of major population centers along the East coast and in the Midwest, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and St. Louis.

    The Union-Pacific Railroad, which runs through Johnson County, provides main line rail service to ports and markets throughout the U.S.

    The Arkansas River System forms the southern boundary of Johnson County, providing water-borne transportation access via terminal facilities in Dardanelle, less than 30 minutes from Clarksville.
     

    Skilled and Available Workforce

    The six county labor shed has a total population of more than 175,000 people. More than 75,000 are in the workforce and of those nearly 6% are employed in the food processing industry.

    The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, less than 90 minutes from Clarksville, is the home of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural Food & Life Science.

    Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, located 20 minutes from Clarksville, offers a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business.

     

    Median Hourly Wage – Food Processing

    Occupation Code

    Occupation Title

    West Central Arkansas Region

    Arkansas

    United States

    51-3092

    Food Processing Workers

    $10.79

    $10.68

    $12.87

    51-9051

    Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

    $14.98

    $15.17

    $16.78

    51-9193

    Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

    $11.39

    $10.84

    $13.60

  • Distribution & Logistics

    Clarksville is a natural logistics point for the state and region and is a perfect geographical mid-point for North American trade. It is conveniently located on U.S. Interstate 40 (America’s Main Street), the Arkansas River (9 ft barge channel), and a Class 1 Union Pacific rail line.

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    Clarksville is already home to a near 1,000,000 square foot Wal-Mart Distribution Center. With over 900 employees the facility is one of Clarksville’s largest employers. The presence of the Wal-Mart distribution center has contributed to the development of a workforce familiar with the needs of the industry.

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    Nearly 63,000 people are employed in distribution, logistics, warehousing and transportation jobs in the state of Arkansas. Arkansas is home to more than 80 distribution facilities and 20 major trucking firms including major companies such as Family Dollar Stores, FedEx Freight, J.B. Hunt Transport, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

    Advantages for Distribution & Logistics companies in the Clarksville area:

    Transportation Routes

    Clarksville is within a day’s drive of major population centers along the East coast and in the Midwest, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Memphis, San Antonio and Houston.

    Clarksville is located on Interstate 40, close to the centerpoint of Memphis, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Dallas.

    The Union-Pacific Railroad, which runs through Johnson County, provides main line rail service to ports and markets throughout the U.S.

    The Arkansas River System forms the southern boundary of Johnson County, providing water-borne transportation access via terminal facilities in Dardanelle, 27 miles from Clarksville.

    Experienced and Available Workforce

    The six county labor shed has a total population of more than 175,000 people. More than 75,000 are in the workforce and of those more than 4% are employed in the distribution and logistics sector.

    The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, less than 90 minutes from Clarksville, offers a Bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics, an MBA in Supply Chain management and also has a nationally recognized Supply Chain Management Research Center.

    The University of the Ozarks in Clarksville is a four-year liberal arts college and offers Bachelor’s degrees in more than 30 program areas of study including accounting, business, management, economics, marketing and communications.

    The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, less than an hour’s drive along Interstate 40 west of Clarksville, offers courses in distribution and logistics management through its Center for Lifelong Learning.

     

    Median Hourly Wage – Logistics

    Occupation Code

    Occupation

    West Central Arkansas Region

    Arkansas

    United States

    53-3032

    Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor Trailers

    $16.92

    $17.60

    $19.00

    53-3033

    Truck Drivers, Light or Heavy Services

    $12.00

    $13.92

    $14.21

    53-7064

    Packers and Packagers, Hand

    $10.09

    $10.30

    $11.08

  • Manufacturing

    Based on employment, the top five industries in the county include Manufacturing (26.3 percent of workforce), Retail (9.6%), Healthcare (8.2%), Education (4.9%), and Food Services (4.6%).

    Major industries already in the area

    • ABB (formerly Baldor Electric) - a global leader in manufacturing electric motors;
    • Hanesbrands, Inc. - producer of women’s tights and hosiery
    • K2 Marine - manufacturer of fiberglass bottom boats
    • Mid South Roller Company - manufactures custom rubber molding and industrial rubber rolls
    • Greenville Tube, a RathGibson company - providing made-to-order small diameter Stainless Steel        and Nickel Alloy tubing
    • Nulyne, Inc. - hardwood pallet manufacturer
    • Munro Shoe Company - designer of premium women’s shoes, boots and sandals
    • Nite Lite Outdoors - hunting, camping and outdoors equipment

    Advantages for Manufacturers in the Clarksville area:

    The Clarksville area has a vibrant manufacturing presence. The six county labor shed has a total population of more than 175,000 people. More than 75,000 are in the workforce and of those nearly 17% are employed in the manufacturing sector.

    Nearby Arkansas Tech University-Ozark, located approximately 20 minutes from Clarksville, is the regional provider for technical and career education, offering 11 associate degrees and 15 technical certificates with a variety of industry specific options.

    The Johnson County Workforce Training Consortium is housed out of the Arkansas Tech University – Ozark campus and serves our local industries by providing crucial and immediate training programs.

    The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, less than an hour’s drive along Interstate 40 to the west of Clarksville, offers Bachelor’s degrees in both electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. The Baldor Technology Center at UA Fort Smith has state of theart technology in every classroom as well as excellent lab and computing facilities.

    UA Fort Smith’s Western Arkansas Technical Center (WATC) is a collaborative effort by UA Fort Smith, the Western Arkansas Education Service Cooperative, and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education. WATC provides area high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. The center's curriculum serves as an extension of the high school curriculum offerings by providing students with hands-on training in technical fields. The WATC serves six counties in western Arkansas, including Johnson County.

    UA Fort Smith also operates the Center for Business and Professional Development (CBPD) through the College of Applied Science and Technology. CBPD partners with companies to increase their productivity and competitive stance by developing the skills of their employees. CBPD has a reputation for outstanding quality and proven results in many areas of industrial management, manufacturing, maintenance and quality control.

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, less than an hour’s drive along Interstate 40 to the east, offers both an Associate’s degree and a Technical Certificate in air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology.

    The University of the Ozarks in Clarksville is a four-year liberal arts college and offers Bachelor’s degrees in more than 30 program areas of study including accounting, business, management, economics, marketing and communications.

    Transportation Routes

    Clarksville is located directly on Interstate 40, providing access to major markets for sustainable products.

    The Union-Pacific Railroad, which runs through Johnson County, provides main line rail service to ports and markets throughout the U.S.

    The Arkansas River System forms the southern boundary of Johnson County, providing water-borne transportation access via terminal facilities in Dardanelle, less than 30 minutes from Clarksville.

     

    Median Hourly Wage – Manufacturing

    Occupation Code

    Occupation Title

    West Central Arkansas Region

    Arkansas

    United States

    51-2092

    Team Assembler

    $14.21

    $13.05

    $14.78

    51-4041

    Machinists

    $16.30

    $17.33

    $19.97

    51-9111

    Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

    $11.30

    $12.22

    $13.92