4 Companies to Expand, Add 87 Workers in Helena-West Helena

Four companies with operations in Helena-West Helena on Monday announced that they are opening or expanding operations in the area, creating a total of 87 new jobs and investing several million dollars.

Leaders from Enviro Tech Chemical Services, Delta American Fuel, Quapaw Products, and Southern Hardware joined Gov. Mike Beebe, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., and other local officials at an announcement in the Delta city on Monday.

Enviro Tech, a chemical company based in Modesto, Calif., plans to invest $1.5 million in a new facility and create 30 new jobs. The new facility will produce peroxyacetic acid to be used in sanitizing meat and poultry to reduce or eliminate pathogenic organisms such as E. coli and salmonella.

"It takes community-wide effort to improve a town’s future, and that’s what we’re witnessing today in Helena-West Helena," Beebe said in a news release. "To see four companies locating or expanding here at the same time is a tremendous show of faith in the skills and dedication of the people in Phillips County."

The other companies and their plans:

  • Delta American Fuel, a biodiesel production facility producing fuel from soybean oil, has 10 employees and plans to create 30 new jobs in an expansion. The company is co-owned by Planters, a fertilizer distribution company.
  • Quapaw Products, which makes specialty chemicals for industrial users, plans to add 18 new jobs and invest $1 million. The company, which employs three people in Helena-West Helena, is a subsidiary of Harcros Chemicals, a distributor and producer of industrial chemicals.
  • Southern Hardware Co., a subsidiary of the Bostwick-Braun Co., of Toledo, Ohio, a wholesale distributor of hardware, plumbing, electrical and industrial supplies, has been in in Helena-West Helena since 1914. It and plans to invest $2.14 million in an expansion and modernization project, adding nine employees.