Mayville Engineering Company announced Tuesday that it is expanding its capacity in Heber Springs. As part of the expansion, MEC will continue to invest in updated equipment and process improvements, and will add approximately 70 new jobs over a four-year period to support growth in business volumes and multiple new customer products. In addition, MEC Heber Springs will be adding new blue chip OEM customers to its customer list.
Founded in 1945 in Mayville, Wisconsin, MEC provides a broad range of prototyping and tooling, production fabrication, coating, assembly, and aftermarket services. The company currently has 20 facilities in seven states.
“After reviewing many alternative sites and states, we are focusing additional investment in Heber Springs due to the availability of a highly skilled manufacturing workforce, growth in regional demand, and potential further market growth opportunities,” said Bob Kamphuis, chairman, president, and CEO at MEC. “We are grateful for the support of the city of Heber Springs, Cleburne County, and the state of Arkansas for their ongoing support of MEC Heber Springs and look forward to our future success together.”
MEC has operated its 190,000-square-foot facility in Heber Springs since acquiring the former Defiance Metal Products Company in 2018. Current employment at the facility is approximately 200.
“It is wonderful to realize the growth of our Heber Springs operation as a direct result of our employees’ world class performance and MEC’s confidence in our long-term ability to create value by investing in leading edge equipment. Our employee shareholders commitment to performance excellence in safety, quality, delivery and productivity has earned our team the opportunity for this expansion,” said David Higgs, executive vice president of fabrication operations. “We also appreciate the support from our local and state organizations. Without the positive business environment that has been created in Arkansas, this growth in local employment could not be achieved.”
“MEC is truly invested in the Heber Springs community and was named Outstanding Business of the Year in 2019. They partner with the local high school, Arkansas State University-Beebe, and other local manufacturers to help with job growth and to build the local economy. MEC team members collected more than 12,000 food items for the 501 Day Food Drive in May of this year,” said Ginger Harper, president and chief executive officer of the Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce. “These items were distributed to the schools and local pantries to help those in need. MEC also sponsored and organized a very successful trap shoot as part of the Chamber’s new ‘Freedom Fest on the Lake’ event this year. These are just a few ways that MEC shows its dedication to our community.”
Equipment investment for capacity expansion related to the new business growth is already underway.