Arkansas Community Helps Out to Keep Workers in Natural State

- ROGERS--With the Superior Plant in Rogers and Apex Tool in Springdale closing their doors, almost 800 Arkansans are facing

unemployment in the coming year. Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce President Steve Clark believes Northwest Arkansas needs to do all

it can to keep these workers from going elsewhere. "It is important to keep these Arkansas workers here because there will be out of

state recruiters, who see the notice and they will be calling them. Saying we've got a job in Joplin, we've got a job in Tulsa, we've got

a job in Kansas City." Clark said. Clark and others have come together to help get the word out for those who will soon be

unemployed. "We should be making our employers aware, of this skilled labor force that's coming on the market." Clark continued.

Rogers Chamberof Commerce President Raymond Burns feels the same way. "So our goal here is gonna be to try to match many of

those workers with local employers as we can, obviously we want to keep as many as we possibly can in Northwest Arkansas." Burns

said. Clark believes the Northwest Arkansas community needs to unite to support one another. It's important the five communities

work together, for the strength of our economic vitality, um because uh An impact in Rogers is an impact in Fayetteville, and an

impact in Rogers is an impact in Siloam Springs." Clark said.

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