Asa Hutchinson Announces Trade Deal With China That Brings 400 Arkansas Jobs

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced a new trade deal with China Thursday (Oct. 20) that will bring 400 jobs and a $20 million investment in Little Rock.

Hutchinson announced the deal with Suzhou Tianyuan Garments Company via Skype, according to KTHV. The company’s primary focus is on casual and sport apparel, with clients including Adidas, Reebok and Armani.

The company produces roughly 10 million articles of clothing annually.

“I am thrilled to announce that Tianyuan has chosen Arkansas as their North American home,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “Arkansas’ strategic location will give them great access to the US market and beyond.”

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission will work to finalize the agreement with the company, and are hoping to begin operations by the end of 2017.