HVAC Products Manufacturer Announces $20 Million Arkansas Expansion


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A maker of water heaters and HVAC products plans to invest more than $20 million in its air conditioning headquarters in Northwest Arkansas, state and company officials said.

Rheem said the project would increase manufacturing capacity at its Fort Smith site, build a new training center and make additional improvements to the facility and surrounding grounds. Officials said the Innovation Learning Center would allow contractors and distributors in particular to work directly with Rheem products.

The company expects to add 100 jobs in both manufacturing and administration.

Founded almost a century ago, Rheem is a subsidiary of the Japanese company Paloma. The company’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning, water heaters, boilers and refrigeration systems are sold by more than 40 brands worldwide.

The Fort Smith site was established more than 50 years ago, and company officials said the expansion would help it remain a “world-class headquarters.”

Andrew Welch, operations manager for Rheem’s air conditioning division, said the expansion allows for future growth.

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