Mars Petcare Announces $72 Million Investment Into Fort Smith Operations, Adding 130 Jobs

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Mars Petcare announced they would be adding more than 100 jobs to their Fort Smith operations on Wednesday (Dec. 14).

The company announced they would be investing another $72 million into the pet food manufacturing facility, and could invest up to $110 million in the future.

This additional investment will lead to the creation of 130 full-time jobs over the next few years.

The company manufactures Cesar and Nutro brand dog food and Sheba wet cat food at the Fort Smith site, which started in 2007. According to a press release, the company will be converting a can line into a tray line, as well as adding two new lines at the facility.

This latest investment adds to the $130 million which has been invested in the Fort Smith site between 2007 and 2015, which has created more than 200 full-time jobs.

“Mars Petcare’s decision to expand this facility speaks highly of the company’s existing workforce in Fort Smith,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson in the release. “This is a very significant investment that will impact not only the local economy but that of the state. Thanks to the leadership of Mars Petcare for choosing to grow in Arkansas and the associates who make it such a great place to work.”