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DriveSmart Plans Newport, Arkansas, Call Delivery Facility

DriveSmart, a vehicle service contract and automotive ancillary product provider, plans to establish operations in Newport, Arkansas. The up to $5 million project is expected to create 200 jobs.

The 13,000-square-foot call delivery facility will focus on vehicle service contracts.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of DriveSmart's new office in the business-friendly state of Arkansas. With this expansion, we're bringing 200 new job opportunities to Newport and its neighboring areas. These roles will span a range of departments including sales, customer service, information technology, administration, software development, marketing, and more,” said Daniel Rodd, president of DriveSmart Auto Care Inc. “We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the state and local officials of Arkansas for their unwavering support throughout our location decision-making process. Now firmly rooted in this community, we’re eager to invest in and nurture the exceptional talent of Arkansas.”

“The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) is proud to welcome DriveSmart to our state,” noted Clint O’Neal, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “Communities like Newport provide the workforce and resources that help companies thrive. Congratulations to DriveSmart and the City of Newport on this great economic development announcement.”

DriveSmart provides multiple vehicle service contracts with benefits including towing assistance, car rental assistance, roadside assistance, and trip interruption.

“We are excited to welcome DriveSmart to Newport,” added Jon Chadwell, director of economic development for the Newport Economic Development Commission. “Their state-of-the-art call center will bring new jobs and help diversify our economy. We look forward to many years of partnership.”

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