A pet care company will be funneling $145 million into an expansion of its Fort Smith manufacturing facility.
Mars Petcare will be launching an expansion that will add more than 200,000 square-feet and two production lines to its existing facility in Fort Smith. This expansion is expected to create more than 120 new full-time jobs.
The Fort Smith facility, which opened in September 2009, is one of 14 Mars Petcare facilities in the United States. The company manufactures a range of pet foods at the facility, including SHEBA, CESAR, IAMS and NUTRO brands.
“At Mars Petcare, everything we do is in service of our purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS,” Ikdeep Singh, Regional President of Mars Petcare North America, said in a statement. “The investment in our Fort Smith manufacturing facility enables us to continue to serve the ever-growing needs of pets and pet parents and represents our commitment to our Associates and this community.”
Mars Petcare is set to begin the expansion in January 2020 with a projected completion date in 2022. According to a Mars Petcare news release, the company is planning future expnasions to the Fort Smith site.
“The investment from Mars Petcare in their Fort Smith manufacturing facility will boost the economy at both the local and state level,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “Since the facility opened in 2009, it has become a hub of diverse and quality jobs, and we thank Mars Petcare for continuing to grow and invest in the Fort Smith community.”
Combined with the new investment, Mars Petcare estimated that it has invested more than $420 million into its Fort Smith facility.