Rohr Heber Springs
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Rohr Heber Springs, Arkansas
facility, non-union plant
Written and compiled by Sue Poole
"Rohr Industries experienced so much difficulty in getting a permit for a new manufacturing plant that it gave up and moved to Arkansas. The permit that would have cost $750,000 in California cost only $750 in Arkansas" (Farah & Antonucci).
During the last half of the 1980's "commercial aircraft orders climbed drastically." This allowed Rohr to establish two new final assembly plants in Sheridan and Heber Springs, Arkansas (Kepos, 1994). The announcement to expand came in June of 1987 (Hulewicz, June 1989).
Rohr's Heber Springs facility, which assembled fan cowls, was completed in May of 1988, and started production in June.
By 1990, Rohr Heber Springs was engaged in final assembly for commercial programs and had 210 employees (Rohr, 1990).
By December of 1990 the Heber Springs plant was employing 233 people (Hulewicz, 1989, 1990).
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