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Mars Petcare is investing $145 million to expand its manufacturing facility located in Fort Smith, Ark.

The facility expansion will begin this month and is scheduled for completion in 2022. With the investment, Mars Petcare will add more than 200,000 sq. ft. and two additional production lines, increasing production capacity by more than 40 percent, with room for growth in the future to continue meeting the growing demands of pet parents.

The investment will create more than 120 new full-time jobs, with further expansion planned for the future. The announcement follows a series of investments that Mars Petcare has made in its Fort Smith facility, totaling more than $420 million to date. 

Since opening in September 2009, the Fort Smith facility, which is one of 14 Mars Petcare sites in the U.S., has been a fundamental manufacturing hub for tray format foods, making brands like SHEBA, CESAR, IAMS and NUTRO. In early 2021, the company will be announcing new products in the wet food category, including SHEBA Bistro cat food, a line of new chef-inspired entrees, and new offerings from the CESAR Brand.

"At Mars Petcare, everything we do is in service of our purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS," said Ikdeep Singh, regional president of Mars Petcare North America. "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."