Jonesboro is the 5th largest city in Arkansas and the 2nd largest in square miles. Form a triangle by connecting Little Rock, St. Louis, and Memphis, and you'll see Jonesboro stands out as the largest metropolitan city in what amounts to a 17,000 square-mile triangle area. The Jonesboro region is a proven leader in a number of categories attractive to business, including geography, favorable climate, viable economy, advantageous tax structure, affordable housing, low crime rate, growing medical community, opportunity for education, expanding retail and industrial community, recreational opportunities, cultural, sports and civic organizations, plus low utility costs. The Jonesboro MSA was recently recognized as 7th strongest in the nation for manufacturing.
There are more than 100 industrial plants or facilities in the Jonesboro area. The city includes not only attractive plant sites in four industrial parks, but also a high-quality transportation infrastructure. Jonesboro is served by two railroads; 42 trucking companies, and a regional airport which offers airline service to Dallas/Fort Worth. Memphis International Airport is only 1 hour away.
Industries located in Jonesboro find a highly productive, motivated work force, cooperative local officials, a favorable tax structure, and a central location. The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, working with local businesses and professionals, and with local and state officials, comprise an active, effective industrial recruitment team. Their objectives are not limited to attracting new industries, but also include rendering vital help to existing industries. Such help may involve many aspects such as expansion, utilization of excess plant capacity, coordination of efforts to improve infrastructure serving plant sites and more.
Jonesboro's industrial community includes plants of major U.S. firms such as Nestlé, Butterball, L.L.C., Frito-Lay, Hytrol, Post Cereals, Riceland Foods, International Paper, Thomas & Betts, Great Dane Trailers, Quebecor World and Alberto - Culver.