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Rheem Upgrades Fort Smith, Arkansas, Operations

Rheem, a leading global manufacturer of water heating and HVACR products, will update its facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The $20 million project is expected to create 100 jobs.

The investment will ensure the location continues as a world-class headquarters for the company’s U.S. air conditioning business unit and the manufacturing of HVAC equipment. Improvements will include a new Innovation Learning Center, which will allow training distributors and contractors to work with Rheem products and learn about product improvement.

“We are excited to expand our operations in Fort Smith,” said Andrew Welch, Director of Operations, Rheem Air Conditioning Division. “This expansion demonstrates our committed partnership with the state and rewards the Fort Smith community, enabling our continued growth and leadership.”

Founded in 1925, Rheem produces HVAC equipment, as well as water heaters, commercial and residential boilers, and commercial refrigeration solutions. Today, the company encompasses more than 40 brands worldwide, including Rheem, Ruud, SureComfort, Russell, Witt, Kramer, ColdZone and Friedrich.

“We are excited to see Rheem grow and succeed in Fort Smith,” Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston noted. “Rheem is creating both corporate and manufacturing jobs that spur economic development and raise the quality of life for employees and their families.”

“Rheem continues to be a leader in Fort Smith and Arkansas,” added Tim Allen, President, Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce. “We are so pleased to work with them to secure this investment into our community.”

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