Light Advanced Manufacturing

The Manufacturing sector comprises establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. Light Advanced Manufacturing is described as an innovative process that takes synthesized or natural material through process and automation to produce a quality output. Additionally, companies are requiring their process to be sustainable and their waste to be reused. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) describes advanced manufacturing as the creation of integrated solutions that require the production of physical artifacts coupled with valued-added services and software, while exploiting custom-designed and recycled materials and using ultra-efficient processes.

  • Arkansas has the nation’s fourth lowest cost of doing business — CNBC’s Top States for Doing Business
  • Three major highways run through Bentonville:
    • Highway 72
    • Highway 12
    • Highway 102
  • And three others service Bentonville:
    • I-540
    • Highway 71
    • Highway 62
  • Two local airports:
    • Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
    • The Bentonville Municipal Airport
  • Nearly 200 manufacturing establishments are located in Benton County
  • Wages in the light advanced manufacturing industry are more than 40% lower than in the U.S. as a whole

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