ArcBest Corp. to expand Fort Smith operations

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Fort Smith-based ArcBest Corporation has announced plans to purchase 40 acres at Chafee Crossing in Fort Smith where it plans to build a new corporate headquarters and add up to 975 new jobs.

Company officials joined with state and local officials to announce the plans during a news conference Friday in Fort Smith.

ArcBest was formerly known as Arkansas Best Corporation and is a freight transportation and logistics company. Its companies include ABF Freight, ABF Logistics, Panther Premium Logistics, FleetNet America, U-Pack and ArcBest Technologies.

Groundbreaking on the new facility is expected later this year.

The company said its ABF Freight System Inc. and ArcBest Technologies are expected to remain at the current facility in Fort Smith.

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