Cooper Tire’s plant in Texarkana, Arkansas, received that state’s Governor’s Award in the large manufacturing exporter category at the 8th annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Global Trade. The award was one of five presented to winning companies from the state on May 24 at an event held at the Governor’s mansion in Little Rock, hosted by the Arkansas District Export Council (ArDEC).
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson presented this year’s awards, and Cooper, which operates a tire production plant, distribution center and retail store in Texarkana, was cited specifically for working aggressively to maintain quality and the international demand for its products. The company has a strong international presence across the globe with the Texarkana operations helping to support product sales in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Australia, China and other nations. Established in 1964, the Texarkana tire plant produces light vehicle tires and employs approximately 2,000 workers.
Governor Hutchinson said, “Trade is vitally important for Arkansas. Increasing exports of Arkansas-made and Arkansas-grown products results in two excellent outcomes: it produces extra capital for companies to invest in their facilities and creates new employment opportunities for Arkansans.”
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Cooper Texarkana Plant Manager Scott Cole. “We have an outstanding team in Texarkana, which has my personal thanks for helping to make our operations worthy of this distinction. Nothing happens without great people, and Cooper Texarkana, as well as the entire state of Arkansas, is fortunate to have many. It is exciting that the high quality, great-performing tires we make and distribute out of Texarkana are sold and end up on vehicles around the globe. We are pleased to be an important part of our state’s economy and the global tire industry.”