The new Roach Conveyors plant in Caraway is just one of a few projects to grace the small northeast Arkansas community recently.
The company has renovated an existing building on South New York Avenue for $75,000 to $100,000 and began production there on July 1, Mayor Bo James told Arkansas Business last week.
He also said Roach Conveyors, headquartered in Trumann, has filled 15 of the 20 jobs it intends to create in the city. Those jobs pay between $40,000 and $50,000 a year, James said.
The company is using a building owned by the city. Roach Conveyors has signed a long-term lease that requires it to pay $1 a year in rent.
Company Vice President Mike Roach did not return calls or an email from Arkansas Business. But Caraway is seeing more than just the new manufacturing plant. It is experiencing both residential and business growth as a result of his office being more proactive, James said.
He took office in January after a 14-year stint serving on the city council.
"That's one of my goals, to get our city built back up and get it moving in the direction it needs to go," James said.
Six apartments and three houses are being built, he said.
The mayor also said he expected construction of The Daily Dose Pharmacy on State Street to begin any day and for it to open in mid or late fall. In addition, a new food truck called Tippy's To Go has begun dishing out barbecue.
James said the effort is all about improving lives, especially those of the next generation.
"My kids, they're growing up here. This is home to everybody. This is home to me. So I want my kids to grow up with what I had growing up, as far as business wise and things to do in our small community," he said.