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An aircraft cleaning and maintenance company in Blytheville will announce an expansion at its plant, creating a significant number of new jobs, officials said Tuesday.
Mark Brown, the 2010 president of the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce, said Aviation Repair Technologies planned to announce the new jobs Wednesday.
Brown said he didn't know precisely how many positions were being added, but that it was a significant number. A message left with the company was not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.
Brown said the business had been working on turboprop planes but is expanding its work in Blytheville to include jet engine planes as well. According to its website, ATR performs "heavy maintenance for narrowbody regional and commercial aircraft."
"I think it's a huge asset to us," Brown said. "Them coming in and doing well and bringing in another line, it's showing they can continue to grow."
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission issued a statement earlier Tuesday saying a "significant job creation/expansion announcement" was planned in Blytheville Wednesday, but no company was named. Gov. Mike Beebe is expected to attend.
The Blytheville-based firm, which opened in 2008, earlier this year received a commitment of $2 million in incentives from the Mississippi County Quorum Court to add 300 new jobs. The company had 225 employees then and said it would hire 75 additional employees before any of the new jobs created from the incentives were added.
A "significant" job announcement is set for Wednesday in Blytheville, according to state economic officials..
Gov. Mike Beebe will join city and company leaders in Blytheville for the announcement of new jobs as a local company expands.
The company was not identified, but Blytheville is home to PIZO Operating Company's $29 million facility that processes electric arc furnace dust from the Nucor plants nearby.
Additionally, Aviation Repair Technologies has an airframe and engine repair facility at the Arkansas Aeroplex that was to employ 310 workers.
This story was originally published at 10:39 a.m.