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Pryor Hosts Manufacturing Summit in Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK – U.S. Senator Mark Pryor today hosted a “State of Manufacturing” Summit in Little Rock to hear from companies throughout Arkansas about the challenges they face in today’s global marketplace. He will use their input as he develops a package of practical solutions to bring more good-paying, middle-class jobs to Arkansas families.

“It’s critical that we create a better environment for Arkansas companies—and their workers—who build and buy products made in the USA,” Pryor said.  “Today’s summit is an opportunity to hear from companies of all sizes, and in different regions of the state about proposals that can help them better compete and thrive in today’s marketplace. I plan to take the input I received today back to Washington and get something done to make our state and nation stronger.”

Pryor asked company officials to discuss their company’s outlook and challenges, as well as any recommendations that might create more jobs in the future. They represented small, medium and large businesses throughout the state. The following individuals spoke during the summit:

Morris Jenkins, Director of Strategic Planning
Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Danny Meins, Vice President Food and Ingredient Sales
Riceland Foods, Inc., Stuttgart, Arkansas

Mel Redman, Chairman & CEO
Redman & Associates, Rogers, Arkansas

Bryan Smith, Purchasing Director
Alliance Rubber, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Scott Lancaster, CEO
Bad Boy Mowers, Batesville, Arkansas

Chris White, Director of Operations
Remington, Lonoke, Arkansas

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