October 1, 2007
In recent years, Arkansas officials have eagerly recruited foreign industries to locate in the state, many times ending in failure. One success was announced in 2003. The Japanese-owned Denso Manufacturing Arkansas, Inc., (DMAR) plant would be built in Osceola (Mississippi County). The grand opening of the plant in 2005 was attended by dignitaries from both Japan and Arkansas. By 2008, the heating, air conditioning, and heavy equipment radiator manufacturing plant is expected to employ approximately 500 local residents.