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December 12, 2017

Pradco adds 6o new jobs in Fort Smith


Pradco adds 6o new jobs in Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, Ark. —Fort Smith based Pradco announced 60 new jobs are being added to…


Fort Smith based Pradco announced 60 new jobs are being added to their manufacturing plant.

Pradco is known worldwide for making fishing lures.

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Since January the company added 90 new employees and now they’re hiring an additional 60 workers. In total the company will have nearly 300 employees making fishing lures.

“It is exciting,” said Pradco Vice President and Manager Bruce Stanton. “In the big scheme of things we’re a little bitty lure company but in the fishing world we’re a big company.”

Walmart currently sales nearly 900 different kinds of lures in more than 4,000 stores across the country which are made in Fort Smith.

“Made in America is a commitment we have as a company,” Walmart representative Kathryn Gains said. “The goal is to bring 1 million jobs to the U.S., additional jobs, and this is 60 more that are coming from Fort Smith and the fishing business.”

Governor Asa Hutchinson was at Friday’s announcement. The governor told 40/29 News it’s the 14th time he’s announced new jobs in the River Valley since he’s been in office. The governor said he’s optimistic about the future of manufacturing in the state and here at home.

“It’s coming back because the cost of transportation from China, the logistics, the fact that our workforce is very skilled, the fact that American companies are concentrating on returning manufacturing back to the United States and Arkansas will get it’s share,” said Gov. Hutchinson.

“What we’re seeing with our business is a lot of those jobs, a lot of that manufacturing is coming back to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where maybe 10 years ago it was going off shore, so it is exciting to see that,” added Stanton.


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