New Business Brings Jobs to the River Valley

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Affinity Chemical recently broke ground on their new location at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith, making it the fourth facility in the U.S.

The manufacturing company specializes in producing liquid aluminum sulfate, which is used in the treatment of drinking and waste water. The chemical is also used in the pulp and paper industries.

Affinity Chemical ships its raw materials by train, making Arkansas a great location to build due to its location in relation to railways.

The company claims to use green technology; causing no enviromental impact.

"At the end of the day we don't put out any air pollution, we don't have any water pollution", said Managing Member Lance Johnson, "We're not actually hooked up into the sewer so it's a zero discharge facility that we have."

The facility is expected to open in April of this year.


  • Steve

    duh…your title “New Business Brings Jobs to River Valley” implies more jobs. Your reporter fails to mention how many jobs, job descriptions, average payroll of the new business, etc. Maybe a refresher course on “Who, What, When, and Where” in journalism might be applicable for your reporter.

  • Horrid

    My guess – no more than 10 making about $12/hr. More jobs catering to those who didn’t go to college while those of us who did take the time to go to college and get advanced degrees ship off to other locations.

    • Mark Smith

      Welcome to Arkansas where nepotism reigns supreme along with a gutteral dislike for the educated. Ar is 48+ in the nation in Education and seems bellbent on staying that way. It baffles me that for such a large ppopulation of faithful folks there is a LOT of unscrupulous goings on. It’s -almost like a sport to people here! Ah, forgot; we celebrate HS sports more than education as well. I gotta get with the peogram! :)

      • Horrid

        I played sports and I’m not going to knock the benefits of playing organized team sports in building leadership…

        But you’re 100% on the nepotism. It’s like this, keep people who have not been trained on thinking outside the box and they will never rise up and vote you out. Keep them thinking they can’t do any better and they have to trust that you do. That’s why they make sure to cater to the uneducated and unmotivated.

  • A volunteer

    college degrees don’t make anyone better than the unfortunate that could not afford going to college to work in factories or fast food joints. The only way a degree will help you around here is to get into management or business positions. Thus, having to makes sacrifices and move to apply the degrees for a career. JS

  • Horrid

    With Grants, scholarships, government handouts, and loans nobody is ‘unfortunate’ if they didn’t go to college. It’s an excuse.

    And, you’re right, college degrees do not make anyone better than those who didn’t go to college – However, the amount of work and time I’ve spent earning my degrees does make me ‘better’ than the one’s who dicked off while in high school (if they finished), chose not to make the decisions necessary to prepare for college, or a trade school, and then expect fast food joints and Wal-Mart to pay them $18.00/hr as ‘standard pay’.

    Just like those who work in factories, I expect jobs to be available to me and expect the city ‘leaders’ to promote an environment suitable for the type of work I do. That’s the issue we’re discussing here. It’s not that we don’t want (or need) factories but we also need to diversify our economy and promote growth in non-manufacturing work for those of us who did go to college for business management, I.T, etc.

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