firearms maker announced plans today to build a factory at the Little
Rock Port that is expected to employ 565 people in six years. An Arkansas Economic Development Commission news release said
CZ-USA, a subsidiary of ?eská zbrojovka a.s. Uherský Brod (CZUB), will
make Little Rock its headquarters and invest $90 million in the plant.
It will use 73 acres at the port to produce firearms for defense, shooting
competition and sport shooting.
The AEDC quoted Bogdan Heczko, chairman of the CZ-USA board, as saying Arkansas
was chosen in a multi-state search for its “workforce, culture, business
climate and industry support.”
Construction is to begin immediately with initial startup in March 2020 and
phased-in production. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. and Pulaski
County Judge Barry Hyde all cheered the news, said to be the biggest industrial
announcement in Little Rock in a decade.
I’ve asked for information about development incentives offered to the company
and also terms on the port land. The port has expanded with the help of
infusions of Little Rock sales tax proceeds.
The company’s website says the Czech parent dates to 1938. It has shipped guns to the U.S. since 1991 through a variety of distributors. In 1997, it began its own distribution from a warehouse in California that moved to Kansas City, Kan., in 1998. [full article]
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