Posted 3/26/2012 12:00 am
Updated 11 months ago
A city with a strong industrial tradition, Malvern continues to offer the advantages of location and a trained workforce while branching out into other areas for potential new employees.
In the past five years, Malvern has welcomed Sykes, Inc., a call center that employs more than 600 and is undergoing an expansion with plans for more hiring, and an Arkansas Department of Corrections facility that employs close to 400. The two entities have brought a large measure of diversity to Malvern’s heavy industrial economy.
Located on Interstate 30, fewer than 35 miles southwest of Little Rock, Malvern is served by both the Arkansas Midland and the Union Pacific Railroad. The city is midway between Memphis and Dallas and is almost equidistant from St. Louis, Kansas City and New Orleans, offering a prime location from which to serve the South Central United States.
Distribution and logistics are a target industry for Malvern’s county-owned industrial park, where land is available at a nominal rate for industries bringing jobs to the community. Job training is available through the College of the Ouachitas, a two-year institution which offers a broad range of vocational and technological training programs. Malvern is the home of Hot Spring County Medical Center, a 92-bed, acute-care hospital.
The presence of a gas-fired power plant, as well as a hydroelectric generating station at Remmel Dam on the Ouachita River, makes Malvern a prime location for industry requiring a heavy electrical supply.