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Your Success Story Starts In Arkansas

Location USA / April 2013
Arkansas’s transportation network and central U.S. location define the state as a strategic distribution center. Midway between Mexico City and Montreal, Arkansas offers a valuable distribution advantage.

Arkansas’s intermodal transportation network of highways, railways, air routes, waterways, and pipelines is ideally suited to meet the needs of business. These facilities provide easy access to U.S. markets and the world.

Arkansas is home to two of the nation’s largest trucking companies: J.B. Hunt and ABF Freight Systems. J.B. Hunt is one of the nation’s leading transportation providers and the nation’s largest publicly traded truckload carrier. ABF serves all 50 states and has international operations offering service to 250 ports in more than 130 countries. FedEx Freight East, a lessthan- truckload market leader, is based in Harrison, Arkansas.

More than 1,600 for-hire motor carriers with interstate operations are based in Arkansas; and more than 39,000 Arkansans are employed in trucking and distribution.

The state’s comprehensive transportation system can easily move bulk commodities and consumer goods. Many of Arkansas’s port locations have railway connections that provide a smooth transition for various modes of transportation and quick delivery.

Arkansas is proud of the four homegrown Fortune 500 companies headquartered here: Dillard’s, Murphy Oil, Tyson Foods, and Walmart. These companies are among the more than 100 Fortune 500 parent firms with more than 2,300 facilities in Arkansas.

Arkansas is home to people with a strong work ethic and available training for whatever the need. The state’s work force is almost 1.5 million strong and projected to grow by 4 percent by 2015. There are 11 fouryear public universities, 22 two-year public colleges, 12 independent colleges and universities, and three technical universities/vocationaltechnical schools located in the state training our future work force.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), working with other state agencies, offers a Career Readiness.

Certificate to your potential employees. This helps make certain the people you interview are qualified and those you hire have the skills, or can be trained in the skills, that you need. This greatly increases your return on training dollars and effort.

Our project managers at the AEDC are eager to speak with you and take you on a tour of an appropriate available site. Please contact us to start your Arkansas success story.

Business Development Director

Arkansas Economic Development Commission

900 W. Capitol, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
Tel: 501-682-1121 or
Fax: 501-682-7394

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