Advanced Cabling Systems to Build New Facility, Add 25 Jobs

Advanced Cabling Systems, which designs and installs voice, data, fiber optic and network cabling systems, broke ground Tuesday on a 6,100-SF facility next to its company headquarters in the Northshore Business Park in North Little Rock.

The new facility will house the company's corporate resources division as well as IT and engineering support, and will enable ACS to add between 20-25 new technology jobs in 2014 at salary ranges of at least $50,000, the company said.

"Advanced Cabling Systems has seen tremendous growth over the years, despite the economy, and continues to meet and exceed clients' expectations by providing exceptional service and the latest in security technology," Michael Kennedy, company president, said in a news release. "Our focus is the people and companies we serve and to ensure a seamless security solution to fit all their needs."

The new facility is scheduled to open in February.

Advanced Cabling has 125 employees with satellite offices in Lowell, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Tulsa, Okla., and clients across the mid-South. Clients include Southwest Power Pool, Oaklawn, Hewlett-Packard and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ACS installed the security technology for the new SPP data center in Little Rock and for the casino and gaming areas at Oaklawn in Hot Springs.

ACS owner Bob East said the company has acquired two firms in Arkansas and was seeking others in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. East projected 2014 revenue of $20 million, and estimated ACS would employ 250-300 people in five years.

"We've just scratched the surface of how businesses will use technology in the next five years," he said. 

That new technology was on display Tuesday morning. The company showed off an unmanned, aerial camera drone that businesses can use for on-site security.

The company is in negotiations with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission on an incentives package.  

Gov. Mike Beebe, who attended the groundbreaking with North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith and AEDC director Grant Tennille, said the new project will create economic synergy. 

Smith said businesses located in the Northshore Business Park employ roughly 1,000.