LITTLE ROCK — J.B. Hunt Transport Services said Wednesday it will add 1,000 jobs in Arkansas over the next six years.

LITTLE ROCK — J.B. Hunt Transport Services said Wednesday it will add 1,000 jobs in Arkansas over the next six years.


The company made the announcement at its corporate headquarters in Lowell. In September the company broke ground on a new 133,000-square-foot central office building in Lowell that is expected to be completed in spring 2017.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson attended the announcement.


"J.B. Hunt is an Arkansas institution and one of our state’s best entrepreneurial success stories," Hutchinson said in a statement issued by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. "The company started small more than 50 years ago, and they have proven that hard-working, talented employees and great leadership can propel you to the top."


John Roberts, the company’s CEO, said, "In the past five years, J.B. Hunt has been successful in growing revenues from $3.8 billion to $6.2 billion. This accomplishment would not be possible without our dedicated employees. As J.B. Hunt’s mark on the transportation industry gets larger, so will our workforce. Many new, full-time jobs will be created during the next six years to aid in this growth."


J.B. Hunt employs more than 20,000 people in 400 facilities across the U.S. It was incorporated in Arkansas in 1961 and has been a publicly held company since its initial public offering in 1983.


State incentives the company is eligible to receive for the expansion project include six years of annual cash rebates equalling 3.9 percent of payroll associated with newly created jobs, as well as sales tax refunds on building materials, taxable machinery and equipment associated with the project.