Manufacturer to Close NW Arkansas Plant

Published 07/31 2014 06:56AM

Updated 07/31 2014 08:19AM

ROGERS, Ark. -- A major manufacturing plant in Rogers, Arkansas is closing, costing 500 jobs. 

Aluminum wheel manufacturer, Superior Industries International, says the plant will be shut down by the end of this year.

But there is a silver lining, says U.S industry consultant Chris Neeley.  More jobs are on the way to Rogers. "Walmart is making a $250 billion investment in U.S manufacturing, and Northwest Arkansas, and Bentonville and Rogers and Springdale stand to be the gainer on all of these new jobs and opportunities." Neeley says.

Neeley believes it's not if, but when, new industry will be headed to the region.  "So the good thing is, they have great skills, they have great work ethic, and their gonna make great workers at the jobs of the future, right here in Northwest Arkansas." Neeley continued.

The Rogers Chamber of Commerce will be holding a job fair on October 8th at the John Q. Hammon's Center. Several workshops have been set up to help those who need new skill training.

Chamber of Commerce C.E.O Raymond Burns believes that unemployed workers will be matched up quickly. "As soon as we can figure out how many people that have, which skills sets are out there I'm sure there will be a lot of matching that will start going on with local industry and local business." Burns said.

(KNWA, Fayetteville)

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