Posted 7/20/2012 10:59 am
Updated 2 years ago
Enviro Tech Chemical Services announced Friday that it will expand its Helena-West Helena plant and add 40 jobs.
Enviro Tech, based in Modesto, Calif., is a privately held chemical company focused on food safety and water treatment. Its Arkansas plant is located in the Helena-West Helena Phillips County Port Authority. The company said it plans to invest $4 million in the expansion. The 40 new jobs will increase its local workforce to more than 70.
Enviro Tech announced plans to build a facility at Helena in October of 2011. Then, its plans were to invest $1.5 million and create 30 jobs.
"The business climate in Arkansas -- particularly in Helena-West Helena and Phillips County -- has proven to be the easiest, most welcoming and accommodating of any we have experienced," said Enviro Tech President and CEO Mike Harvey in a news release. "The outstanding Arkansas employees have proven to be one of Enviro Tech's most valuable assets, and everyone we have worked with at both the state and local level has made it clear to us that a California business such as Enviro Tech is a welcome partner in the state and local economy.
"It has been a very satisfying experience for all of the employees and managers of Enviro Tech. We now have before us a new major expansion and building project that will secure Enviro Tech as a long term member of the business community, and we are excited to position ourselves as one of the area's fastest growing and largest employers in the very near future. We cannot recommend it more highly for future new businesses as a viable place to do business."
Enviro Tech produces peroxyacetic acid at its Helena-West Helena facility, used in sanitizing meat and poultry to reduce or eliminate pathogenic organisms such as E. coli and salmonella.
"Within a year of its arrival in Helena-West Helena, Enviro Tech has already decided to more than double the employment at its Phillips County facility," Gov. Mike Beebe said. "This proves once again that a Delta workforce can help companies succeed and prosper when they come to Arkansas to the benefit of both the company and the community."
Enviro Tech is working with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Delta Regional Authority and the Port Authority to develop the infrastructure for the expansion project.