Russellville is the home to 46 major manufacturing facilities, including divisions of 10 Fortune 500 companies. Industries such as Firestone, Tyson Foods, ConAgra Foods, International Paper and Dow Chemical all thrive in Russellville. The diversification of these and other industries provide Russellville’s greatest asset—a quality labor force built around a strong nucleus of skilled laborers, technicians, and administrative personnel.
Manufacturers in the River Valley produce aluminum foil, aircraft components, electronics, numerous food products, metal fabrication, automotive parts, paper products, plastics, and even nuclear power. Arkansas Nuclear One, located along the banks of the Arkansas River just outside of Russellville, is the only nuclear power plant in Arkansas.
More than 8,500 people are currently employed by 46 manufacturers in the area. Some of the largest manufacturing employers in the area include ConAgra Foods, Tyson Foods, and Arkansas Nuclear One.
The Arkansas Valley Alliance for Economic Development is a public/private organization whose mission is to recruit new industry to the area and to create and maintain the perfect environment for existing industry to grow and prosper. The organization is made up of members representing industry, businesses, individuals and government. The cities of Russellville, Pottsville, Atkins and Pope County are all members of the organization.