Jonesboro Approves $41 Million in Revenue Bonds for Unilever

The Jonesboro City Council approved on Tuesday issuing up to $41 million of industrial development revenue bonds for Unilever United States Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., to pay for an expansion project that will add about 125 workers to its Jonesboro plant.

The company, which makes skin and hair-care products at the plant, started the expansion project in November 2011, and should be competed in the middle of 2014, said Robb Vrbicek, the plant manager. The expansion includes adding product lines and equipment to the site.  

Unilever has hired between 70 and 80 workers since November 2011, and now has about 460 employees, Vrbicek said. When the expansion project is complete, Unilever will have more than 500 workers at the plant. The hourly wage range for the workers is $13.27 to $27.

The $64 million, 500,000-SF plant was built by Alberto Culver Co. and opened in 2008. Unilever has since bought Alberto Culver and has given a favorable review to the plant. The plant is located in the Craighead Technology Park.

Vrbicek said the city of Jonesboro and the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce have been "very supportive" of the project.