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Chinese Textile Company to Invest $410M for Manufacturing Facility in Forrest City, Arkansas

Ruyi will use the Forrest City, Ark., facility to take 200,000 tons of Arkansas cotton annually and spin it into yarn for textile use.

Ruyi will use the Forrest City, Ark., facility to take 200,000 tons of Arkansas cotton annually and spin it into yarn for textile use.

FORREST CITY, ARK. — Shandong Ruyi Technology Group (Ruyi), a textile manufacturer based in China, plans to invest $410 million into the former Sanyo manufacturing facility in Forrest City. The facility will be the company’s first property in North America. Ruyi plans to employ up to 800 people at the plant, with plans to begin renovations in the fourth quarter of this year. The property has been vacant since Sanyo shut down production in 2007. Ruyi will use the facility to take 200,000 tons of Arkansas cotton annually and spin it into yarn for textile use. The company plans to begin operating at the Forrest City plant by mid-2018. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission worked with Ruyi to bring this deal to fruition. Ruyi can earn up to $4 million in grants from the State of Arkansas, depending on the company’s job creation at the plant.

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