Hewlett-Packard, Nordex Take A Bite Out of Arkansas Jobs

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press  on Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2013 7:19 am  

The company was also eligible to receive sales and use tax refund for building materials and certain machinery.

DeCample said the state still has a growing reputation as a place to bring technology-based jobs.

"It's a tough hit for any community and for the state. We've built a reputation for Conway in previous years of them being a destination for technology jobs and that's not going to change," DeCample said.

Hewlett-Packard said it would provide assistance to employees who are losing their jobs, and DeCample said there are state resources that will be available to the workers.

When the campus opened, HP's then-CEO and chairman Mark Hurd said the company chose Conway from 26 different U.S. metropolitan areas. He said the University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College, both in Conway, could supply a stream of trained workers.

The Nordex plant opened with the prospect of employing up to 750 people. But in last month's announcement, the company said 40 workers would lose their jobs. The firm will keep sales and service employees.

Nordex said the lack of a long-term tax incentive for generators of wind energy is holding back the industry from blossoming in the U.S.

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