Plastics packaging company Rexam
has announced that things are heating up in Hot Springs where the job market is concerned. The plastics company is adding 150 new jobs.
"We're looking for operators, mechanics, electricians, pretty much the gambit," Terry Burcham says.
Rexam has closed six plants in the last year and a half, but Hot Springs is benefitting now.
"Whenever they start looking for more efficient ways to do things, consolidation inevitably sometimes becomes part of that equation and when it does you always fear for your own people and your own location," Beebe says.
The workforce will grow to 400. Governor Mike Beebe says the state offering tax incentives probably helped to bring the jobs to Garland County.
"Everytime we get new jobs or save existing ones, both is occuring here, its something we all ought to celebrate," Beebe says.
Plant manager Terry Burcham says the Rexam is probably not a household name, but the products its a part of are.
"If you go into any grocery store, the products that you're going to consume whether it be beauty, healthcare or beverages, you're going to touch a Rexam product," Burcham says.
And now more in Hot Springs are working to make it happen.