Mark Pryor Holds Manufacturing Summit in Little Rock

by Lee Hogan  on Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 12:41 pm  

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor met Friday morning with the leaders of various Arkansas manufacturing companies to discuss improved job opportunities. (Photo by Lee Hogan)

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor met with various Arkansas manufacturing companies Friday morning in Little Rock to discuss the improvement of job opportunities in the sector.

Pryor said he hoped to be able to take back to Washington, D.C., some of what was said by the various company leaders in an effort to bring more jobs to Arkansas. Pryor said it was important for an emphasis to be placed on the manufacturing sector of the economy to grow the middle class.

Those who met with Pryor included:

  • Morris Jenkins, director of strategic planning for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission
  • Danny Meins, vice president of food and ingredient sales at Riceland Foods Inc.
  • Mel Redman, chairman and CEO of Redman & Associates
  • Bryan Smith, purchasing director at Alliance Rubber
  • Scott Lancaster, CEO of Bad Boy Mowers
  • Chris White, director of operations at Remington

Among the topics discussed were each company's outlook, challenges each face and what can be done to create more jobs.

The latest jobs report, released Friday morning by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, showed the manufacturing sector employed 156,000 Arkansans in June. The sector added 1,900 jobs from May, and is up 3,400 jobs from a year ago. Durable goods jobs are up 1,200 jobs from May and 2,400 from a year ago, while nondurable goods jobs are up 700 jobs from May and 1,000 jobs from a year ago.



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