Lectri-Flo opens in Trumann
Lectri-Flo, a manufacturer of electric irrigation systems, officially opened its new facility in Trumann last week. The Trumann Chamber of Commerce, Trumann Industrial Development Commission, and the City hosted the grand opening of the facility in the Leon Massey Industrial Park Wednesday, May 22.
Lectri-Flo owner Bobby Southard said 18 people were currently working at the facility and projected that number would increase to 40-50 within three years. Southard called Trumann a good fit for the company.
R & D Programmer Tom Birdsong gave a demonstration of a Lectri-Flo portable unit. He said the electric units would save a lot of money over diesel units and allow for greater control of speed.
Lectri-Flo developed an app for smart phones which allows farmers to turn their irrigation units on, off, and change the speed without having to physically drive out to the unit. "You can operate it from your cell phone. This saves having to drive out there," Birdsong said. "No one else has the capability to start and stop from your phone. We can change the speed."
He explained that someone could have irrigation systems in other states and cut down on their driving with the smartphone app. "If it kicks off or loses power, it sends you a text, so you know it's working," Birdsong said.
In addition to portable units, Lectri-Flo also has stationary and pivot units.
According to Southard, Lectri-Flo's units can cut irrigation costs by two-thirds compared to diesel units. "A farmer's effectively earned $200,000 if he's projected for $300,000," Southard said.
Trumann Chamber President Neal Vickers said he was glad Lectri-Flo has come to Trumann. "This is a great day of victory for Trumann, Northeast Arkansas, the county, the state, and the region," Vickers said. "Think about it, this could have been overseas, but because it's here, we're grateful. This is tax dollars and it's jobs. The greatest thing we can do as a country is produce goods and services and produce jobs."