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Railcar, barge supplier announces $16M expansion in Arkansas

August 7, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An international supplier of railcars and marine barges is spending $16 million to expand an Arkansas facility and is adding at least 35 new jobs.

Greenbrier Companies Inc. on Wednesday announced the expansion at its facility in Marmaduke, where it currently employs 850 workers. The Oregon-based company announced in April it was acquiring American Railcar Industries, and that acquisition was completed last month.

ARI opened its hopper railcar assembly factory in Paragould in 1995 and opened its Marmaduke facility four years later to produce tank railcars.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission says the expansion is receiving $300,000 in Community Development Block Grants, along with sales tax refunds and income tax credits.

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