Hytrol Conveyor Selects Fort Smith, Arkansas for $20M Manufacturing Facility
January 15, 2021
Conveyor Company has selected Fort Smith, Arkansas for the home to its second
Hytrol announced in October that the company would seek a secondary location to
manufacture its parcel product line. The company identified several potential
locations in and around Arkansas before selecting Fort Smith. David Peacock,
Hytrol President, cited community support, the local workforce, and the
availability of a facility that suits its needs among the reasons for selecting
“Fort Smith is extremely excited to welcome Hytrol Conveyor Company to the
region,” said Tim Allen, president and CEO of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of
Commerce. “Having another legacy Arkansas company choosing to expand here is
proof that business understands what we have to offer. When they needed the
right facility, the right workforce and the right environment, their first call
was to Fort Smith. That endorsement speaks volumes about what we can bring to
Peacock said the decision to stay in Arkansas was natural.
“After casting a very wide net that covered 13 different states we landed right
back home in Arkansas. That’s appropriate because the state deserves a lot of
credit for our success. In 59 years since, with the continued support from the
AEDC and Jonesboro, we’ve been able to create and sustain thousands of
good-paying Arkansas manufacturing jobs,” said Peacock.
Hytrol relocated from Wisconsin to Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1962, and the city
will remain as the company’s headquarters.
“We are not leaving Jonesboro. Hytrol loves Jonesboro and will always call
Jonesboro home. Today’s announcement is purely about growth,” said Director of
Site Operations Phillip Poston.
Poston, who is a descendant of Hytrol founder Tom Loberg, will be running this
new site along with a group of four core leaders, Curt Norris, Thad Becker,
Craig Harris, and Kathy Cole. The leadership team has more than 60 years of
“Each one of them has the experience and passion to help make this operation a
success. We are going to do so in a manner that will be consistent with my
grandfather and will continue to convey the culture as we bring on all our new
Hytrol family members,” said Poston.
The $20 million project comes in response to the rapid global growth in
e-commerce. The growing demands on Hytrol and the material handling industry as
a whole led to the decision to dedicate the facility to the production of parcel
equipment. Peacock said the decision to expand will benefit Hytrol’s customers
and the company’s Integration Partner Network that includes over 100 independent
businesses worldwide. Hytrol sells equipment exclusively through this network.
Poston said that Hytrol’s presence in Fort Smith will be a benefit to the
“Hytrol’s mission statement is, ‘We create material handling technology and
relationships that move the world.’ The second part of that mission statement
sets us apart against the rest. We focus on relationships: relationships with
our employees, integration partners, customers and suppliers,” said Poston.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson expressed his excitement for Hytrol expanding
fact that you love Arkansas and it was your first choice and you said yes means
a great deal to the state of Arkansas. And we are thrilled that your second
investment will be in Arkansas, as was your first investment decades ago,” said
Along with the governor, Fort Smith Mayor George McGill was thrilled with the
“A million cities would die for this, and I am so excited. We are winners
today,” said McGill.
The facility will create 250 new jobs in the Fort Smith area and will begin
hiring in the coming weeks. In addition to the initial hiring event the company
will be hiring in waves throughout the years.
“There are a lot of companies that can make equipment, but there is only one
Hytrol. I am truly excited to see how the combination of Hytrol and Fort Smith
can shine in Western Arkansas while serving our integration partners and
customers around the world,” said Poston.