The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 4, 2013

ARI new facility to bring up to 40 new jobs


From The Associated Press

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — American Railcar Industries will locate a railcar repair facility in Brookhaven and bring in as many as 40 new jobs, according to a published report.

The Daily Leader reports that the formal announcement was coming Thursday from Gov. Phil Bryant and company and local officials.

The newspaper reports recently published public notices say Brookhaven will receive about $650,000 from the Mississippi Development Authority for improvements to a site to be purchased by ARI for the construction of a plant facility. The site is identified in the public notices as the former location of the Homelite South building on Industrial Park Road.

The MDA money will come to the city through the Community Development Block Grant program and will be used for improvements to the former Homelite South location, including the construction of a rail spur.

WGK was selected by the city in November of 2011 as the engineering firm to undertake the rail spur work, though ARI wasn’t named at the time.

Going back a year, to April of 2012, at least six public notices related to the project have been published by the city.

Mayor Les Bumgarner and former chamber of commerce official Cliff Brumfield discussed last November the company’s plans to locate a railcar repair facility in Brookhaven. At the time, officials didn’t know when the efforts to bring ARI to Brookhaven would be formally concluded but Bumgarner estimated the number of new jobs coming to the area would be between 25 and 40.

ARI, based in St. Charles, Mo., already operates a railcar facility in Bude in neighboring Franklin County. Brumfield has said the Bude plant was under no threat from a Brookhaven facility.