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Local, state and federal leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for $11 million in transportation infrastructure projects at the Port of Little Rock.
Work has begun to widen and improve Zeuber Road to meet heavy industrial standards in anticipation of new companies locating their facilities there. The companies include Czech gun-maker CZ-USA, e-commerce giant Amazon and HMS Mfg. Co., a global manufacturer of houseware products
Another $6 million will be spent on additional road widening, intersection improvements and new road construction, to accommodate increased transportation capacity needs associated with the companies.
The CZ-USA project was announced last year by the governor and company officials. The company, plans to open a $90 million gun manufacturing operation and North American headquarters that will employ 565 people.
Retail giant Amazon of Seattle officially closed on its $3.2 million acquisition of city-owned land at the port in May. It plans to open a 3 million-SF distribution center. The company has not announced how many jobs the center would create on how much it’s investing in that project.
HMS Mfg. Co. of Troy, Michigan, and state officials announced in October that the company would open a $20 million 550,000-SF injection molding facility at the port, creating about 90 jobs over the next two years.
The infrastructure projects have received funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the city and Pulaski County. The second project has also received funding from the Delta Regional Authority.
Officials said, as the Port continues to acquire land for future industrial sites, the improvements will help existing companies’ expansion opportunities and attract more new companies, and provide a safer and more efficient transportation system for employees, customers and suppliers.
The port has immediate access to rail, highway and waterway; it is home to more than 40 businesses that employ 4,000-plus.