Carvana open distribution and inspection facility in West Memphis
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark- A new car distribution facility just opened in the region.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Commerce Secretary Mike Preston, along with other officials, were on hand as Carvana opened their $40,000,000 distribution and inspection facility.
The center is located in West Memphis.
"This is a day of celebration for our state, our region, and our community," says West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon. "We are grateful for our support from our state and local economic development offices. As well as our great governor, the Honorable Asa Hutchinson for his leadership and support of job creation in the Arkansas Delta."
Carvana first announced in September 2019 that they would build a facility in West Memphis.
They will use the 190,000 square foot facility for reconditioning, inspecting, photograph, and store their inventory.
Carvana, an Arizona based company, lets customers purchase, finance, and trade-in vehicles at their centers and car vending machines across the country.
The company has hired and will continue to create hundreds of jobs.
"The fact that they're creating 400 jobs over the next five years here, good-paying jobs for families reflects growth in this area and opportunities for families. I hope there are new opportunities in the future when you recognize how great of a place Arkansas is to do business," says Gov. Hutchinson
The West Memphis facility is expected to make a significant economic impact in northeast Arkansas.
The building is located in the 217-acre Mid America Industrial Park in town.
Arkansas Commerce Secretary Mike Preston says this is part of Gov. Hutchinson's technology emphasis in Arkansas.
"Because of Governor Hutchinson's leadership in computer science and what he's been able to do to put forth new policies to mandate computer science education be offered at every school in the state of Arkansas," says Commerce Secretary Mike Preston. "It's put Arkansas at the forefront of getting to win projects like this. Every company, it doesn't matter what you're dealing with if it's retail, manufacturing, or agriculture. Everything has a technology component, and now Arkansas is at the forefront of that."
The new facility is now open and will serve the entire Mid-South.
It will also support Carvana's already Nashville and Memphis locations.