Central States Manufacturing, Inc., a metal building components, roofing, and building supply manufacturer, held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for its newest facility in Springdale, Ark., continuing its long-standing investment in the state.

The ceremony included company executives, local government officials, and community members, according to a company news release. The new 105,000-square-foot plant will support pre-engineered metal frame production and marks a “significant milestone” in the company's growth trajectory.

"We are pleased to announce the groundbreaking of our new plant in Springdale and the opportunities this creates for our employee-owners," Jim Sliker, the CEO of Central States, said. "This expansion reflects our ongoing commitment to delivering top-quality products and services to our customers.”

The company said the technological investment in the new plant would be significant. State-of-the-art welding equipment and other advancements will enhance productivity and efficiency, positioning the company for continued growth in the years to come.

Moreover, the technological updates align with what Central States' says is its commitment to environmental responsibility, as metal is a sustainable choice for buildings in commercial, agricultural, industrial, and residential segments.

"The advanced steel manufacturing processes this Central States Manufacturing facility will be using raises the profile of our city's already-strong industrial sector," said Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse. "This project is a good example of Springdale's commitment to job growth and minimizing unnecessary barriers to business expansion.”

Central States said its decision to build the facility in Springdale reflects the company's dedication to its roots and its mission to provide quality products while supporting the local economy. Founded in 1988, Central States is 100 percent employee-owned, with more than 1,300 employee-owners.

The groundbreaking is the second the company has held this month. Earlier in November, Central States announced the construction of a new facility in Utah, providing the company with an expanded footprint in the Southwest.

"Arkansas' economy is booming, and with that comes new facilities, businesses, homes – and the manufacturing jobs that supply them all. I'm thankful for Central States Manufacturing's continued commitment to Northwest Arkansas and [its] newest investment in their community," said Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

For more information, visit centralstatesmfg.com.