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DriveSmart to open facility in Newport, create 200 new jobs


DriveSmart announced Sunday (Sept. 24) it will locate its new call delivery facility in Newport. The company expects to create 200 new jobs at the facility over the next three years.

DriveSmart will be investing up to $5 million to transform a 13,000-square-foot space into a call delivery facility focusing on vehicle service contracts.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of DriveSmart’s new office in the business-friendly state of Arkansas. With this expansion, we’re bringing 200 new job opportunities to Newport and its neighboring areas. These roles will span a range of departments including sales, customer service, information technology, administration, software development, marketing, and more,” said Daniel Rodd, president of DriveSmart Auto Care Inc. “We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the state and local officials of Arkansas for their unwavering support throughout our location decision-making process. Now firmly rooted in this community, we’re eager to invest in and nurture the exceptional talent of Arkansas.”

Company representatives, state and local officials, and community members gathered on Sunday to celebrate the announcement of the new facility and investment. NASCAR Xfinity driver Kyle Weatherman was in attendance with his DriveSmart car, and the company began taking job applications for roles at the future facility.

“We are thrilled to welcome DriveSmart to Arkansas and are excited for their plan to add 200 new jobs in Newport. We’re cutting taxes, improving schools, and cracking down on crime to bring even more great companies like DriveSmart to the Natural State,” said Gov. Sarah Sanders.

Founded in 2016, DriveSmart is a leading vehicle service contract and automotive ancillary product provider in the U.S. The company provides multiple vehicle service contracts with benefits including towing assistance, car rental assistance, roadside assistance, and trip interruption.

“The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is proud to welcome DriveSmart to our state,” said Clint O’Neal, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “Communities like Newport provide the workforce and resources that help companies thrive. Congratulations to DriveSmart and the City of Newport on this great economic development announcement.”

“We are excited to welcome DriveSmart to Newport,” said Jon Chadwell, director of economic development for the Newport Economic Development Commission. “Their state-of-the-art call center will bring new jobs and help diversify our economy. We look forward to many years of partnership.”

This story comes from the staff of Talk Business & Politics, a content partner with KUAR News. You can hear the weekly program on Mondays at 6:06 p.m.