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Bekaert Expands Van Buren, Arkansas, Production Operations

Bekaert Corporation, a technology company that specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of wire products, plans to expand manufacturing operations in Van Buren, Arkansas. The project is expected to create 38 jobs.

The investment will include the purchase of new equipment which will be used for supporting the electrical grid and telecommunications industries. The expansion is scheduled for completion in 2025.

“Bekaert is thankful for the recognition and support of the AEDC, and many other leaders, to invest in the Van Buren community,” said Bryan Sullivan, vice president of steel wire solutions for Bekaert. “With this investment the community will see additional jobs, enhanced training and an advancement of manufacturing capabilities. Bekaert is proud to support not just the local community but our national community as well. The investment will be used to reenforce the backbone of the electrical grid, enhance access to renewable energy and bridge the digital divide in the US today. Thank you to the AEDC and all the Arkansas leaders who have made this possible.”

Bekaert’s ambition is to be the leading partner for shaping the way we live and move, and to always do this in a way that is safe, smart, and sustainable. As a global market and technology leader in material science of steel wire transformation and coating technologies, Bekaert also applies its expertise beyond steel to create new solutions with innovative materials and services for markets including new mobility, low-carbon construction, and green energy.

“Bekaert sets the bar high for the steel wire industry, and we are excited that they continue to expand in Arkansas,” noted Clint O’Neal, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “Van Buren is a great Arkansas community with a supportive business climate; congratulations to the local leadership on this economic development milestone.”

“Bekaert's expansion in Van Buren marks a significant milestone for our community and reflects their ongoing commitment to invest in our region's growth,” added Julie Murray, president and CEO of the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce. “This investment not only brings numerous new jobs but also reaffirms Van Buren’s commitment to fostering a business-friendly environment that supports growth, innovation, and prosperity. We are so grateful for Bekaert's continued partnership and investment in our community. We look forward to the positive impact it will have on our regional economy."

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