Applied Process To Build Fort Smith Plant, Create 30 Jobs

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 9:34 am   1 min read

Applied Process Inc. of Livonia, Michigan, on Tuesday announced plans to build a multimillion-dollar, 51,000-SF treatment plant in Fort Smith and bring 30 new jobs to the city. 

The plant is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter and will serve customers in the Midwest and South. 

The company specializes in an austemper heat treatment process that makes iron and steel components stronger, tougher, lighter and more wear-resistant, according to a news release. 

"Record sales performance in 2016 and 2017, combined with a strong new product forecast, make this the right time to expand," CEO Harold Karp said.

Applied Process plants in Livonia and in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will remain in operation, serving the automotive, agriculture, aerospace, heavy truck, railroad and mining industries, as well as the military. 

"The additional capacity in Fort Smith will allow us to continue to offer industry-leading levels of customer service, quality and turn time," Steve Metz, vice president of sales and marketing, said. "The new facility will allow us to expand into new markets and serve a broader geographic customer base."

Rusty Rainbolt, who has been on the company's sales team for three years, has been named plant manager of the Fort Smith facility.

Rainbolt holds bachelor's degrees in engineering and marketing from Oklahoma State University.



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