The Promise to Invest in Manufacturing

Chris Jones supports building the strong, educated, and skilled workforces and communities that make this state a desirable destination for economic development for companies from across the globe.

Manufacturers in Arkansas account for 15.5% of the total output in the state, employing 12.8% of the workforce, and encompasses a nearly $20 billion per year industry. With the rise of COVID-19, things began to shift. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics, in March and April 2020, the longest employment recovery and expansion in U.S. history abruptly ended. The total nonfarm employment fell sharply because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to contain it. Job losses were historic and widespread.

It will be important for Arkansas to be at the forefront of innovative methods of manufacturing as Arkansas moves forward. Chris Jones is committed to upholding this important industry and protecting jobs and workers by staying at the forefront of the latest innovations and supporting innovative industries that move our state and country forward. This includes using funds from Congressional legislation to build up Made America, specifically in clean energy manufacturing.

To invest in American manufacturing, Chris Jones would:

  • Encourage manufacturers to adopt new technologies that drive up productivity and efficiency

  • Provide pathways ways for manufacturers to partner with local workforce development agencies and state government to create tailored training programs and other programs that can be used to provide

  • Ensure that manufacturers are able to maintain productivity and profitability by building more resilient supply chains