Arning Companies Inc., a manufacturer of metal fuel canopies and custom awnings for restaurants and other businesses, announced plans Thursday (Oct. 28) to open a facility in Clarksville, investing over $5 million and creating 125 new jobs over five years.
Headquartered in Cassville, Mo., Arning’s expansion into Clarksville comes as a result of the growth of a smaller product line due to new contracts and increased sales. The 38-year old company does work for Sonic and Tacos 4 Life restaurants, Casey’s General Stores, and Walmart and Sam’s Club.
“For many years the construction industry has faced a variety of challenges ranging from a lack of skilled labor to onsite delays and disruptions. Our expansion into Clarksville will give us the much-needed space to further develop our off-site modular construction programs.” Ryan Stockton, President & Chief Operating Officer at Arning Companies, Inc., said.
“I believe Arning Companies will be a great business partner in Arkansas, and I’m excited to welcome them to our state,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “They bring a wealth of quality and experience in the metal and fabrication industry as well as the same hometown service-with-a-smile that Arkansans know and appreciate. Their investment in the Clarksville community will go a long way into changing the lives of many in the area.”
Arning has purchased an existing 168,000-square-foot facility at 1 Boreham Dr. The investment includes the building, improvements, and new machinery and equipment. The company anticipates the project to be completed by the end of February 2022.
“We are excited to welcome Arning Companies, Inc. to our Clarksville community,” Clarksville Mayor David Rieder said. “Our work to create a pro-business environment that attracts reputable companies to our area and results in skilled and well-paying jobs has been our top priority. I believe this remarkable announcement demonstrates our commitment to that mission. We look forward to an enduring relationship with Arning Companies and we appreciate their transformational investment in Clarksville. “