Mars Petcare Expands Operations in Fort Smith, Ark.
Mars Petcare, headquartered in Fort Smith, Ark., will expand its Fort Smith pet food manufacturing facility. The site, which produces Cesar and Nutro brand dog food and Sheba wet cat food, will convert a can line into a tray line and add two new lines at the facility. As part of the expansion, Mars Petcare has committed to invest $72 million, with the potential investment up to $110 million in the Fort Smith location and create 130 new jobs over the next few years.
According to the company, when the site was constructed in Fort Smith in 2007, it was the state’s first sustainable manufacturing facility and the first sustainable pet food manufacturing facility in the world. It’s LEED-Gold certified from the U.S. Green Building Council and it achieved gold status for its efforts to recycle water, reduce energy use and protect against erosion and light pollution.
The Fort Smith investment is the latest in a series of significant economic investments Mars has made in local communities, the company stated. In the past five years, the company has invested more than $1B in U.S. factories and operations and created more than 1,000 U.S. jobs, the company added. In 2016, the company was named one of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work by Fortune magazine for the sixth consecutive year.
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