Tian Yuan Chairman Offers Details of Little Rock Expansion

Tian Yuan Chairman Offers Details of Little Rock Expansion
Gov. Asa Hutchinson tries his hand at sewing with a group of employees at TY Garments at their new textile and apparel facility in Little Rock.

It isn’t a secret that TY Garments USA, a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Tian Yuan Garments Co., has expansion plans for its facility at the Port of Little Rock.

In July, the port authority celebrated its 60th anniversary, and Tian Yuan Chairman Tang Xinhong attended the luncheon, which featured Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Union Pacific Railroad CEO Lance Fritz. Tian Yuan officials said in May that the company would invest an additional $10 million — on top of its initial $20 million — in the facility, which currently employs 160.

Tang gave some details after the luncheon about what at least some of the expansion will entail. The company will expand in the fall with a new facility for a printing line that will employ about 10 operators; Tian Yuan expects to eventually employ 400 at TY Garments USA.

“In September we will expand,” Tang said through an interpreter. “We will have a new factory for printing. The printing is part of the manufacturing.”

The company produces sportswear for Adidas and other brands. It hopes to eventually produce 4 million garments annually, and Tang said the Little Rock facility has been a success since it opened in March 2018.

“The investment here is a big success, and we saw a big improvement,” Tang said. “Later, we decided to expand. Here, there is a lot of [opportunity].”