Employing a Superior Workforce in Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 12:00 am  

Caterpillar Facility (Photo by Michael Pirnique)

The sustained strength of the Little Rock region's nationally recognized economy and its ability to weather national or global economic downturns is directly attributable to a regional approach to development and the diversity of its business community. In fact, Moody’s Investors Service has ranked Little Rock the nation’s second most diverse economy – less than a tenth of a point behind Chicago. “The Little Rock community has helped us establish a strong foundation along with a talented workforce at a facility which produces motor graders for the entire world,” said Caterpillar’s Paul Rivera. Little Rockers make things — smartly and efficiently. With targeted workforce development from the region’s community colleges and universities, aircraft interiors, road graders, windmill blades, steel pipes and processed food make advanced manufacturing one of the region’s top employers.

Little Rock is home to some of the biggest names in American business – yet everyone is on a first-name basis.
- Jim Karrh, Ph.D, Karrh & Associates


Caterpillar in its first year in the region, built over 1,000 motor graders which were sold throughout the world.

Dassault Falcon Jet, the region’s top manufacturing employer and the French company’s largest facility in the world, recently announced a $60 million expansion at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport to accommodate the completions of its new, 5X aircraft.

Sage V Foods produces frozen and instant rice from its state-of-the-art cooking and freezing plant at the Little Rock Port. 

Saint Gobain one of the world’s largest industrial companies, made the glass for Louis XIV’s Palace at Versailles makes ceramic proppants at its 100,000-SF facility on 68 acres in Saline County.

Welspun Tubular, LLC, based in India, manufactures steel pipes for the oil and gas industry from its twice-expanded, $280 million, 800-employee, 700-acre Little Rock Port location.

$1.86 billion
In 2012, aircraft/spacecraft was Arkansas’ largest export. The sector accounted for 24 percent of Arkansas’ total export value ($1,863,859,093). The top three destinations for aircraft/spacecraft from Arkansas were France, China and Brazil.


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P. Allen Smith is an award-winning designer, gardening and lifestyle expert. He is the host of two public television programs and a syndicated, 30-minute show. Smith is one of America’s most recognized and respected design experts, providing ideas and inspiration through multiple media venues. He is the author of the best-selling “Garden Home” series of books published by Clarkson Potter/Random House. Smith is a regular contributor on the The Weather Channel and hosts his own radio program the “P. Allen Smith Show.” His design and lifestyle advice is featured in several national magazines.



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