Area Development
Firestone Building Products Company, a roofing system manufacturer, completed its $36 million, 52,500 square foot, expansion and upgrade of its single-ply EPDM manufacturing plant in Prescott, Arkansas, where it plans to add 100 employees.

The firm said its roofing systems are based on a high-performance synthetic rubber compound, propylene diene monomer, which provides outstanding weathering characteristics. The firm said it completed equipment replacement and upgrades at its Prescott facility, on US 371 North, which will help the plant achieve greater energy efficiency and waste reduction.

"Firestone's decision to stay and expand in Prescott is an investment not only in Arkansas, but in the dedicated workforce that has brought them success here," Governor Mike Beebe said. "We thank Firestone for believing in Southwest Arkansas, and wish them continued prosperity in this expanded facility."

Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products, said, "Two years ago, Firestone celebrated 40 years of operations at the Prescott facility and involvement with the local community. Since 1984, quality EPDM roofing material has been manufactured in Prescott, the largest EPDM manufacturing plant in the world. With the expansion project and the investment we have made in equipment refinements and additions, Firestone is well positioned to supply our customers with superior roofing products for their future construction needs."

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Nevada County, the City of Prescott, the Nevada County Charitable Foundation and the Nevada County Industrial Development Corporation provided the firm with an incentive package when the expansion was first announced.