Polk County Business and Industry

Mena is strategically located in West/Central Arkansas along U. S. Highway 71 (the major north-south route through Western Arkansas), Highway 59, and Highway 270, making our area a major transportation route.  State Highways 8, 88 and 375 also converge in Mena.  It is one of the larger cities between Fort Smith, Texarkana, Hot Springs and Little Rock, with easy access to all the areas surrounding it.  The Kansas City Southern Railroad runs through Mena daily, providing freight service.

Timber is still important to Polk County, as is Mena Regional Health System, with a payroll over $9 million.

Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport is home to a large variety of companies that service aircraft; their total employment is 824.

Many farm families raise chickens for Tyson, which has a processing plant in Grannis that employs 530.

Polk County has eight radio stations, two weekly newspapers, a community college TV production studio with its own cable channel, a thriving artist association with a gallery, and a thriving craft guild with a craft cottage, and Ouachita Little Theatre.