Carvana on Tuesday (Jan. 5) opened its $40 million vehicle inspection and distribution center in West Memphis.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Commerce Secretary Mike Preston, Senator Keith Ingram, West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon, and West Memphis Economic Development Director Philip Sorrell attended the ceremony. Carvana will use its new West Memphis facility to inspect, recondition, photograph, and store inventory.
“It’s a pleasure to join Carvana to celebrate the opening of its newest distribution and inspection center,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “Hundreds of skilled automotive professionals from the local workforce have risen to meet the demand created by the opening of this new facility, and I look forward to seeing how Carvana’s investment continues to benefit the hard-working Arkansans in the Delta.”
Carvana first announced plans to construct the West Memphis inspection center in September 2019. The company hosted hiring events earlier this year to recruit qualified candidates to fill more than 400 newly created positions for inventory associates, automotive technicians, and autobody and paint technicians.
“Companies in Arkansas are historically renowned for their innovation and entrepreneurship,” Preston said. “With its technologically innovative business model, I’m confident that Carvana will be a great fit for Arkansas’ business community, and I am excited to celebrate the opening of its new inspection center in West Memphis.”