Moving People and Products
All roads lead to Chaffee Crossing, distinctly situated at the center of the U.S. transportation grid. The region is recognized as a hub for moving anything and everything by truck, railcar, airplane and barge. An Intergovernmental Authority monitors existing infrastructure and oversees planning and development for new shipping locations and methods. Chaffee Crossing executives and regional railroad officials have opened discussions about the location of a $7 million railroad connection that would serve manufacturers in the industrial district. A regional port that would serve Chaffee Crossing and other businesses in the region is also under consideration.
The earth is being turned over on many corners in the industrial district at Chaffee Crossing. Four thousand acres of land stand shovel-ready for new businesses. Currently, 64 tenants occupy existing structures located throughout the development. A recently adopted land-use plan is structured but allows for flexibility in zoning.
Area educators are seeking to build schools and training facilities nearby. The combination of education and industry in this district will also create an even stronger workforce.
• First-rate infrastructure-Interstate, Class I Rail, River Port, Trucking, Intermodal Handling Facilities
• #1 Manufacturing Hub in Arkansas
• Fort Smith has exceptional, well-established supply chains
• Highly skilled, cross-trained workforce
• Right to Work” state
• Windmill tax exemption will take effect in 2009
• Attractive land costs in new, proactive industrial district
• Shovel-ready tracts
• Flexible, industrial-friendly zoning
• Great local and state incentives
• LOW costs of:
• Doing business
• Conventional energy
• Outstanding quality of life – Arkansas is” The Natural State”
CHAFFEE CROSSING INDUSTRIAL NEIGHBORS
Phoenix Metals announced in March 2013 that it would construct a $12 million, 65,000 square foot metal processing plant at Chaffee Crossing. Known for its high-tech work with aluminum and other metals, Phoenix Metals will build a modern facility with room for expansion on 11 acres at the corner of Chad Colley and Roberts Blvd. The Norcross, GA-based company is owned by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. When the plant is fully operational, it will have created 40 new jobs. Visit site here.
Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Chaffee Crossing is now home to Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas for the manufacture of single cell wind turbines to be used in the wind energy industry. Mitsubishi has chosen a 90-acre site to build a 200,000 sf world-class facility and plans to create 400 new jobs. Visit site here.
The first manufacturer to stake a claim at Chaffee Crossing was Graphic Packaging International, a recognized innovator in package manufacturing. The Fort Smith division is a 326K sf sheet-fed operation which employs 370 workers. Visit site here.
Mars Petcare is now occupying a new 250,000 sf facility which will create 250 jobs. Mars Petcare is the only manufacturing company in Arkansas to attain the prestigious GOLD LEEDS Certification. Visit site here.
Umarex USA has built a 100,000 square foot facility on Chad Colley Blvd. The air rifle manufacturer will expand its current work force to 60 jobs upon completion of the plant. Umarex USA also plans to manufacture Walther handguns (see Walther Arms below).Visit site here.
The parent company of Umarex USA, Walther Arms announced that Chaffee Crossing would be the location of its North American headquarters in November 2012. Walther is known for the PPK model's relationship with the James Bond 007 character, however the company manufactures several models which are most notably sold in Walmart Stores. Currently, both companies manage distribution from the Chaffee Crossing plant, however in late 2013, a $7 million expansion began which will expand the building and add manufacturing in the near future. Visit site here.
Affinity Chemical manufactures and supplies quality Aluminium Sulfate with proven performance and value for water chemistries in for markets such as
• Pulp and Paper Mills
• Municipal Potable Water (NSF/ANSI Standard 60 Certified)
• Municipal Waste Water
• Alum Distributors
• Lake Treatment Applications
• Catalyst Manufacturers• Mining
They company offers various grades of Alum including: standard, low iron alum, iron-free alum, and food alum. They also produce custom made forms of aluminum sulfate, including:acidified chemistries, polymer blends and copper blends. Visit site here.
Five Rivers Distribution
As operator of the Port of Fort Smith, Five Rivers Distribution also serves as a knowledgeable resource for the Intergovernmental Authority which monitors existing infrastructure and oversees planning and development for new shipping locations and methods. Discussions are currently underway regarding the potential development of a regional port that would serve Chaffee Crossing and businesses in the region, making this relationship very critical. Visit site here.
Wind Energy Info
The wide open spaces at Chaffee Crossing are prime for natural energy production. Click on the link below to view a flyer recently distributed at an international wind energy conference.Wind Flyer - PDF
For further information about property available for sale, you may contact our listing agents.
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