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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Pet food plant expansion announced in Fort Smith

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 2:49 PM

Mars Petcare, which makes dog and cat food at a plant in Fort Smith, announced today an expansion that could create 130 more jobs over the next few years.

A news release from the state said Mars has committed to invest $72 million initially — and potentially up to $110 million. It employs about 200 currently.

As is customary, the state will dole out some corporate welfare payments:

* Ten years of rebates on payroll. 3.9 percent per year of expansion payroll.

* Refund of sales tax on materials and machinery in the expansion.

* A $400,000 handout from the Governor's Quick Action Closing Fund.

* A $100,000 handout for training.


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