HMS Aims to Open Port Plant by Early Fall

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HMS Mfg. Co. said Thursday that its previously announced $20 million, 555,000-SF injection molding facility at the Port of Little Rock in Little Rock is set to open in late summer or early fall.

HMS bought and is renovating an existing building at 6901 Lindsey Road. The project is expected to create about 90 jobs over the next two years.

The company is a global manufacturer of houseware products, including those under the brands Hefty, Home Logic and Stola. HMS operates warehouses in Ohio, Texas and Kentucky, and has an overseas office in Hong Kong in addition to its corporate headquarters in Michigan.

Its facility at the port is hiring forklift operators, quality control technicians, material handlers/mold setters, maintenance technicians, machine operators, warehouse order pickers, label loaders and more.

Company officials, at the earlier announcement, said they searched three states for a new location to accommodate growth that has been outpacing manufacturing capabilities. They said Arkansas was selected because the building at the port was one of only three in the country that suited the company’s intermodal transportation needs (rail cars can pull right up to the door); they received “overwhelming” support from the city and state; and and the city has a “phenomenal workforce.”

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has offered HMS three incentives: the Create Rebate, an annual cash rebate based on the number of jobs added by a company, for five years; Tax Back, which provides sales tax refunds on building materials, taxable machinery and equipment associated with the project; and $500,000 from the governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund.