Gov. Mike Beebe, Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and Cong. John Boozman joined leaders from the Fort Smith area on Tuesday to learn more about Mitsubishi’s plans to build a $100 million wind turbine plant.
Mitsubishi officials confirmed their intent to build the high-tech assembly plant at Chaffee Crossing, with full production and 400 jobs in place by the first quarter of 2012.
Ichiro Fukue, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, placed a lot of emphasis on the likelihood of more job growth resulting from support and vendor companies locating in the area to support the Mitsubishi plant.
“With this first step, we look forward to further our growth of our wind turbine business and build up our supply chain in this region.” Fukue said.