Booming Arkansas Industry: Manufacturing

By Arkansas Next on Thursday, September 15, 2022

11.84% of the Arkansas workforce is employed in manufacturing.

6,500 new manufacturing jobs added in Arkansas from 2021 to 2022

Arkansas is ranked 7th among the top 10 states for manufacturing by percentage of the workforce and it ranks 3rd in the South.

Meet The Pros

3,523 manufacturers in Arkansas

Manufacturers help drive Arkansas’ economy with $4.72 billion in manufactured exports.

Manufacturers in Arkansas account for $14.93% of the total output in the state.

Made in Arkansas

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Largest Manufacturers in Arkansas by Employees

Tyson Foods Inc. 24,000
Simmons Foods 4,500
George's Inc. 4,100
Peco Foods Inc. 3,500
ABB motors & Mechanical Inc. 2,300
OK Foods 2,200
Conagra Brands 2,000
Nucor (Nucor-Yamato Steel) 2,000
Georgia-Pacific LLC 1,850
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. 1,800

(Arkansas Business)

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More Jobs in Construction

Machinists create parts and tools from raw materials. The parts and tools they create with their machines eventually go toward building larger things.
Median Salary: $40,081

Manufacturing Operators oversee production equipment before, during and after manufacturing. They control the performance of machine equipment and ensure efficiency and timeliness.
Median Salary: $35,360

Tool & Die Makers 
Set-up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically controlled machines to produce precision metal parts, instruments and tools
Education Level: Certificate/On the job training
Median Salary: $46,880