Tuesday, March 28, 2006

New Jobs for the 1st Congressional District

According to the Stuttgart Daily Leader, Lennox Industries will expand its Stutttgart facility to include new manufacturing space and about 350 more jobs. The company was waivering between an expansion in Stuttgart or in Monterey, Mexico where wages and overhead costs are considerably lower. The company decided on the Stuttgart facility after heavy lobbying from local and state leaders as well as a demonstrated committment from local employees. Lennox will recruit employees with specific skills including knowledge of blue prints, basic shop math, and a mechanical aptitude.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that an aircraft dismantling business will expand its Pocahontas operation to open a new FAA repair station with 40 new jobs. The facility, which will be called Universal Air Repair LLC, hopes to complete the hiring within the next 12 to 18 months. Company executives will begin construction on the new facility the first week of April and hope to move into the 10,000 square foot building by the first of September. The new facility will have highly sophisticated equipment for testing of aircraft hydraulic and jet fuel system components.