Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the new Sediver manufacturing facility in West Memphis, Arkansas. This brand new, $15 million facility will be manufacturing toughened glass insulators for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line and other high-voltage transmission lines across the U.S.
This is Sediver’s first U.S.-based manufacturing facility in nearly two decades, and we are very pleased that they chose West Memphis, Arkansas as their location. The plant itself is expected to have a $3.5 million annual impact on the local economy, while the insulators supplying the Plains & Eastern project will help us achieve our goal of using as much local manufactured product as possible.
Another benefit of the Sediver facility is the creation of new jobs for Arkansans and Tennesseans. The initial plans for the West Memphis plant call for Sediver to hire up to 75 employees, with the potential to expand beyond that number. In addition, the Plains & Eastern project will create hundreds of new jobs for Arkansans and Tennesseans through construction and operation.
One of the highlights of the day was the opportunity to meet with many of the folks who will be working at the plant to produce insulators for our project. They are a smart and dedicated group who are ready to manufacture infrastructure components for the modern American grid.
During the ceremony, we had the pleasure of hearing from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who understands the local economic development benefits that large infrastructure projects bring, saying:
“Our talented workforce combined with our low cost of doing business and logistical advantages make Arkansas the perfect place to build a high-tech manufacturing facility.”
Governor Hutchinson has been a strong advocate for manufacturing in his state, and we are encouraged by his support of new and innovative projects in Arkansas.
Projects like the Plains & Eastern Clean Line and Sediver’s new manufacturing facility are working together to secure America’s energy future. I am proud to work alongside Sediver and their dedicated employees to ensure that communities and businesses in Arkansas, Tennessee, and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast have access to abundant, low-cost, renewable power.