Coorstek an­nounces multi-mil­lion dol­lar ex­pan­sion

The Saline Courier - - 2019 IN REVIEW - [email protected]­ton­ By Sarah Perry

In March 2019, lo­cal, state and county of­fi­cials as well as mem­bers of the Coors fam­ily and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchin­son an­nounced the ex­pan­sion of the Coorstek fa­cil­ity in Ben­ton.

The pre­sen­ta­tion in­cluded a ground­break­ing for the 50,000-square foot ex­pan­sion that is ex­pected to cost $26 mil­lion.

“On be­half of Timothy (Coors,) my brother Michael (Coors) and I, we are pleased to have you join us here today to cel­e­brate break­ing ground on our new­est ex­pan­sion here in Ben­ton, Arkansas,” said CO-CEO Jonathan Coors. He called the ex­pan­sion the “largest sin­gle in­vest­ment the com­pany has made in Arkansas in sev­eral years.”

Coorstek has fa­cil­i­ties across the globe but de­cided to ex­pand in Ben­ton. “When­ever we look at a new pro­duc­tion line that is go­ing to be put into place here, they could have made de­ci­sions to put that pro­duc­tion line else­where in their man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties across the globe. They are in mul­ti­ple coun­tries and mul­ti­ple states, but they chose Ben­ton,” Hutchin­son said. Jonathan Coors while ad­dress­ing the crowd ex­plained what items will be cre­ated in the ex­panded fa­cil­ity. “The fu­ture site that we are set­ting up here is go­ing to be ex­pand­ing our ar­mor com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ing. One of the things we do here in Ben­ton, Arkansas and are par­tic­u­larly proud of is pro­duc­ing body ar­mor com­po­nents to sup­port the U.S. mil­i­tary and our al­lies across the globe,” Jonathan Coors said. “That’s what we’re re­ally proud about today.”

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