State and local officials joined Carvana of Tempe, Arizona, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday to mark the grand opening of the company’s $40 million vehicle inspection and distribution center in West Memphis.
Carvana, an e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, announced in September 2019 its plans to open the center and create more than 400 inventory, automotive technician and autobody and paint technician jobs. The company hosted hiring events earlier this year.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson; state Commerce Secretary Mike Preston; state Sen. Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis; Mayor Marco McClendon; and West Memphis Economic Development Director Philip Sorrell attended the ceremony.
They were welcomed by Carvana General Manager Donald Lank. The event was live-streamed.
The West Memphis facility will inspect, recondition, photograph and store inventory for the company.
The facility will feature a vaulted photo studio equipped with Carvana’s hallmark 360-degree photo technology, 3D computer vision and augmented reality capabilities. This technology allows customers to evaluate each vehicle in high resolution on their desktops or mobile devices prior to purchasing a vehicle.
“Hundreds of skilled automotive professionals from the local workforce have risen to meet the demand created by the opening of this new facility, and I look forward to seeing how Carvana’s investment continues to benefit the hard-working Arkansans in the Delta,” Hutchinson said in a news release.
“Companies in Arkansas are historically renowned for their innovation and entrepreneurship,” Preston added. “With its technologically innovative business model, I’m confident that Carvana will be a great fit for Arkansas’ business community, and I am excited to celebrate the opening of its new inspection center in West Memphis.”