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Just eight months after announcing a $ 145 million investment in its pet food plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Mars Petcare announced another expansion plan at the same plant.
Mars Petfood, a subsidiary of Franklin, Tennessee-based food conglomerate Mars Inc., said on September 22 that it plans to spend an additional $ 117 million to expand its manufacturing operations in Fort Smith along with two other lines of production, a new 47,000 square foot warehouse and equipment upgrade.
The most recent project is expected to create at least 140 new jobs, following the 120 new hires linked to the January announcement.
The latest expansion is already underway at Fort Smith, and the company expects it to be completed in 2023. The two new lines, combined with the two production lines added in the previous expansion plan, will increase production. of the plant by more than 75%. officials said.
“Collectively, Mars Petcare has invested a total of nearly $ 540 million in its Fort Smith plant, and today’s announcement represents an ongoing commitment to manufacture its products where they are sold and to invest in them. people and communities where the business operates, ”the company said in a press release.
Mars Petcare said additional consumer demand motivated the second expansion. The company noted that its sales of wet food jumped nearly 18% in 2020.
The Fort Smith plant, which opened in 2009, is one of 14 Mars Petcare plants in the United States. It currently employs around 370 workers.
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